Anna McNamara, RN, and Tina Bourgeois, LPN, were at hand to receive the Innovation Award, recognizing the health department for their collaboration with coalition members to implement human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine clinics on the SUNY Oswego campus.
OSWEGO – The Oswego County Health Department was one of seven counties that were recognized by the New York State Department of Health Bureau of Immunizations at the 2019 Statewide Immunization Meeting held March 13 and 14 in Saratoga Springs, N.Y.
Over several months, the Oswego County Immunization Program collaborated with Mary Hitchcock, RN, clinic nurse manager from Oswego County Opportunities and Angie Brown, MSN, FNP-BC, director of student health services at SUNY Oswego, to implement the program at the Mary Walker Health Center on campus.
“The HPV vaccine protects against cancers caused by HPV infection,” said Anna McNamara, RN, immunization coordinator for Oswego County. “It is a common virus that infects teens and adults. Approximately 14 million people, including teens, become infected with HPV each year. The infection can cause several types of cancers including cervical, vaginal, penile, anal and oral. HPV can also cause genital warts in both men and women.”
Tina Bourgeois, senior LPN at the Oswego County Health Department, added, “All kids who are 11 or 12 years old should get the HPV vaccine series. Getting vaccinated on time provides the best immune response and protects pre-teens long before ever being exposed to the virus.”
Older teens and young adults can still benefit from the HPV vaccine.
The vaccine will protect them from the most common types of HPV. Young women can get the vaccine through age 26. Young men can get the vaccine through age 21, and for some, even up to age 26.
For more information on HPV and the HPV vaccine, contact your healthcare provider or the Oswego County Health Department at 315-349-3547.