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Maine Medical Partners Receives Recognition for Contributions to HPV Immunization

October 27, 2017

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: Caroline Cornish
207-662-5146 / ccornish@mmc.org

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the American Cancer Society, and the Association of American Cancer Institutes name Maine Medical Partners as a HPV Vaccine Is Cancer Prevention Champion

PORTLAND, Maine – Maine Medical Partners has received the HPV Vaccine Is Cancer Prevention Champion Award for outstanding efforts to promote HPV vaccine in pediatric practices. Maine Medical Partners – Pediatrics has been recognized as number one in the region that includes all of New England and the state of New York for HPV immunization rates. Maine Medical Partners – Portland Pediatrics also was ranked number one in Maine.

“The fact that there is now a vaccine that can reduce the risk of multiple types of cancer is mind-blowing,” said Jennifer Dubail, M.D., a pediatrician with Maine Medical Partners – Portland Pediatrics. “I recommend the HPV vaccine for all of my patients starting at 11 years old because it has the power to protect both them and their future partners against the devastating effects of cancers and other HPV-related diseases.”

The human papillomavirus (HPV) is a very common sexually transmitted infection. The CDC reports one in four people are infected with it. Some types of HPV can cause cancer, and sometimes the symptoms don’t develop for years after sex. That is why the CDC recommends 11- and 12-year-olds get two doses of HPV vaccine. Their bodies generate a better immune response than those of older teens, and the vaccine series is more effective when it is completed before teens and young adults become sexually active.

Led by the Association of American Cancer Institutes, the American Cancer Society and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the HPV Vaccine Is Cancer Prevention Champion Award recognizes clinicians, clinics, practices, groups and health systems that are effectively working to protect their adolescent patients against HPV cancers by achieving high HPV vaccination rates. This year, the award program honored one Champion from each of the 10 U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) regions.

To learn more about HPV Vaccine Is Cancer Prevention Champion Award program, visit https://www.cdc.gov/hpv.


About Maine Medical Partners
Maine Medical Partners (MMP) is the largest network of primary care and specialty practices in Maine with more than 50 practice and outreach locations across Maine and New Hampshire. Maine Medical Partners is a department of Maine Medical Center and a member of the MaineHealth system, a growing family of health care services in northern New England. For more information, visit mainemedicalpartners.org.

About Maine Medical Center
Maine Medical Center (MMC), recognized as a Best Regional Hospital by U.S. News and World Report for 2017-2018, is a complete health care resource for the people of Greater Portland and the entire state, as well as northern New England. Incorporated in 1868, MMC is the state’s largest medical center, licensed for 637 beds and employing nearly 7,500 people. MMC's unique role as both a community hospital and a referral center requires an unparalleled depth and breadth of services, including an active educational program and a world-class biomedical research center. As a nonprofit institution, Maine Medical Center provides nearly 23 percent of all the charity care delivered in Maine. MMC is a member of the MaineHealth system, a growing family of health care services in northern New England. For more information, visit mmc.org.

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