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January is Cervical Cancer Awareness Month! HPV Vaccination and Recommended Screenings are the Key to Prevention.

Louisiana ranks 4th in the Nation for cervical cancer deaths, with Black women being disproportionately impacted (source: Louisiana Cervical Cancer 2013-2017 Stats and Facts). Cervical cancer is preventable and treatable through recommended screenings and the HPV vaccine. HPV causes the majority of cervical, anal, vulvar, penile, vaginal, and oral cancers.


CDC/ACIP HPV Vaccination Recommendations

  • Initiate vaccine at age 11 or 12 (can start as early as 9)
  • 2 doses if vaccine series initiated before 15th birthday
  • After 15th birthday, 3 doses required
  • HPV vaccination recommended for everyone through age 26


What You Can Do

Tips for Improving Vaccination Rates (source: CDC Top Ten Tips for Improving Practice):

  1. Appreciate the significance of achieving high HPV vaccination rates. By boosting HPV vaccination rates among your patients, you will be preventing cancer.
  2. Use an effective approach by bundling your vaccine recommendation. Recommend the HPV vaccine the same day and the same way you recommend all other vaccines.
  3. Implement systems to ensure you never miss an opportunity to vaccinate.
  4. Know your rates of vaccination and refusal.
  5. Maintain strong doctor-patient relationships to help with challenging immunization conversations.
  6. Learn how to answer some of parents’ most common questions about HPV vaccine.
  7. Use personal examples of how you choose to vaccinate children in your family.



CDC Health Care Provider Resources: https://www.cdc.gov/hpv/hcp/index.html

CDC Continuing Education :https://www.cdc.gov/hpv/hcp/continuing-ed.html

Louisiana Cancer Prevention and Control Programs: https://louisianacancer.org/wp-content/uploads/2019/06/Improve-HPV-Vaccination-Rates-Infographic-For-Providers.jpg

CDC 5 Tips to Improve Your HPV Vaccination Rates (Videos): https://www.cdc.gov/hpv/hcp/boosting-vacc-rates.html


Upcoming Webinar: Cervical Cancer Awareness and Treatment in Louisiana

An informative and engaging webinar on the current state of Cervical Cancer in Louisiana and the ways our LSU Health experts are treating it.

When: Wednesday, January 20 at 12pm

Register:  https://give.lsuhealthfoundation.org/webseries

Analysis of Pregnancy and Birth Rates Among Black and White Medicaid-Enrolled Teens

Published in the September issue of the Journal of Adolescent Health

Dumas, S. A;Chu, S;Horswell, R. Analysis of Pregnancy and Birth Rates Among Black and White Medicaid-Enrolled Teens. Journal of Adolescent Health 2020, 64, 3.


Editorial:  https://www.jahonline.org/article/S1054-139X(20)30322-0/pdf


Population Geography and Emergency Contraception Access in Louisiana

Published in the November 2020 issue of Pharmacy

Chiccarelli, E.;Khorsandi, N.; Dumas, S.A.;Aden, J.K.;Pasternak, R.H. Population Geography and Emergency Contraception Access in Louisiana. Pharmacy 2020, 8, 224.



Editorial: During the COVID-19 Pandemic, Let’s Not Overlook the Adolescent and Young Adult Health Care and Education We Desperately Needed Before

By Dr. Ryan H. Pasternak



WDSU Interview: “Ask Dr. Corey Hebert: How are Adolescents Doing with COVID19”

July 2020-Dr. Ryan H. Pasternak was interviewed by Dr. Corey Hebert on his WDSU segment “Ask Dr. Corey Hebert”