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Measuring human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccination coverage and the role of the National HPV Vaccination Program Register, Australia

Dorota M. Gertig A , Julia M. L. Brotherton A B and Marion Saville A
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A Victorian Cytology Service, PO Box 161, Carlton South, Vic. 3053, Australia.

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Sexual Health 8(2) 171-178
Submitted: 4 January 2010  Accepted: 21 May 2010   Published: 18 May 2011


Accurate estimates of HPV vaccination coverage are critical for determining the proportion of the target female population that is not protected by the vaccine, as well as for monitoring the performance of vaccine delivery programs. The implementation of an HPV vaccination register, either as part of an existing immunisation register or stand-alone, can add substantial benefits to an HPV vaccination program. In Australia, the National HPV Vaccination Program Register supports the HPV vaccination program by providing information to consumers and providers about incomplete courses as well as estimates of vaccination coverage by age and area. Future monitoring of vaccine effectiveness will be facilitated by cross-linking to Pap test registries.

Additional keywords: genital warts, monitoring, papillomavirus.


We would like to acknowledge Genevieve Chappell, Karen Peasley and Lesley Rowlands for their work in preparation and provision of the coverage data for this report, and Penny Allen for administrative assistance. The NHVPR is fully funded by the Australian Government and operated by the Victorian Cytology Service Inc.


Due to delays in obtaining government approval for release of coverage data from the NHVPR, coverage and program updates have occurred internationally since acceptance of this manuscript. The interested reader may therefore find the following references of supplementary interest:

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