El Paso holds highest HPV vaccine rate

MGN Online
Friday, July 19, 2013 - 1:09pm

EL PASO — Health officials said El Paso held the highest vaccine rate to prevent the Human Papillomavirus in Texas, capturing the attention of the Department of Health.

Officials announced that El Paso County's HPV vaccine rate is currently at 45.1%. That is compared to the state average of 32.3 percent, and the National rate of 34.8 percent. According to the data collected, Dallas County has the lowest rate of three or more doses of HPV Vaccination Coverage rate followed by Houston. As a result, officials in Dallas are planning to learn best practices from the El Paso Immunization Program.

"This recognition is second only to the appreciation we receive from our clients. It shows that we as a Department are not only doing our job, but are also having an direct impact on the lives of so many in our community," said Alejandra Rodarte, Public Health Supervisor-Texas Vaccines for Children Program.

The efforts are especially important because the incidence of cervical cancer, which the HPV vaccine protects against, remain high across the state of Texas. El Paso's rates stand at between 8.1 - 11 per 100,000 residents. These numbers are still well below those of other major Texas cities, some of which have rates of up to 15 - 34.2 per 100,000 residents.

Department officials would like to remind the public about extended vaccination program hours. Clients can visit one of the following Health Centers at the day and times below:

Northeast & Westside
Monday - Wednesday: 7 a.m. - 6 p.m.
Thursday: 9 a.m. - 8 p.m.

Ysleta, Tigua & Henderson
Monday - Wednesday: 6:30 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.
Thursday: 9 a.m. - 8 p.m.

The mission of the El Paso Department of Public Health is to work in partnership with people in our community to promote and protect the health of the borderland. For more information on the programs and services offered by the Department of Public Health, visit EPHealth.com.


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