Tennessee 3- Star Program for HPV Vaccination in preteens aged 11-13 years
Friday, July 26, 2013
Program Pulse- HPV Initiative in Tennessee
- All children entering 7th grade in a
Tennessee school must have one dose of Tdap. To capitalize on this requirement
and reduce missed opportunities, Tennessee encourages local health department
clinics to give all VFC-eligible preteens and teens the three recommended
vaccines (Tdap, MCV4 and HPV) for their age group when a student comes in for a
Tdap vaccination. Clinics are now receiving feedback through new monthly
"3-Star” performance reports.
- Each immunization visit to the LHD by
a VFC-eligible child aged 11 through 13 is categorized as 1-Star (one vaccine),
2-Star (2 of 3 vaccines), or 3-Star (Tdap, MCV4 and HPV given). LHD clinics now
receive a short monthly report showing the number of eligible visits and the
proportion of 1-, 2- and 3- star visits in their county, their public health
region, other regions and the entire state. A simple chart also tracks their
region’s monthly results over time, going back to October 2012, to help them
evaluate their performance trends.
- Since introducing the report in
April 2013, Tennessee has seen improvement each month in the proportion of
3-Star immunization visits among VFC-eligible 11-13 year olds immunized in LHD
clinics, from 14.8% in April 2013 to 23.8% in June 2013. Field staff
response has been very positive.
- For more information on the 3-Star
Program, please contact Melissa Fankhauser, MPH, Immunization Program
Epidemiologist at email@example.com or 615-741-3904.