Vaccine News & Notes — January 2018

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Cervical cancer is preventable thanks to HPV vaccine

January marks Cervical Health Awareness Month, with the final week (Jan. 22 – 28) dedicated to cervical cancer prevention outreach. The Vaccine Education Center (VEC) offers a dedicated page ( to answer the most common questions we receive related to human papillomavirus (HPV), the virus that causes cervical cancer, and the HPV vaccine. In addition, the VEC continues to provide free viewing of the 80-minute documentary Someone You Love: The HPV Epidemic. Watch the film to find out how HPV can affect all aspects of a woman’s life.

CDC travel app prepares users for world travel

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) created an app, TravWell, to help users plan for safe and healthy international travel. Simply enter your destination and receive destination-specific vaccine recommendations and other essential travel preparation tips, such as what to pack. The app also allows users to store essential travel documents and set reminders. Many app features are available without a data connection. It is available free of charge in the App Store and Google Play.

VEC shingles resources updated with new vaccine considerations

The licensure and recommendation of Shingrix® means adults as young as 50 years old can now be protected from the shingles virus. The VEC recently updated many of its shingles resources to reflect the availability of Shingrix, including our Shingles Q&A sheet and shingles vaccine webpage.

Materials in this section are updated as new information and vaccines become available. The Vaccine Education Center staff regularly reviews materials for accuracy.

You should not consider the information in this site to be specific, professional medical advice for your personal health or for your family's personal health. You should not use it to replace any relationship with a physician or other qualified healthcare professional. For medical concerns, including decisions about vaccinations, medications and other treatments, you should always consult your physician or, in serious cases, seek immediate assistance from emergency personnel.