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Kittitas County Public Health Wants to Gauge Knowledge about HPV Vaccinations

Kittitas County, WA - 04/30/2018 - The Kittitas County Public Health Department (KCPHD) via a grant from the Group Health Foundation is conducting a community survey of parents and guardians about the Human Papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine. The anonymous survey is targeted to parents and guardians of children aged 18 and younger. The survey aims to gather information from parents and guardians in order to assess behavior, attitudes, beliefs, and barriers around the HPV vaccine.

KCPHD will use the survey’s results to better understand the HPV vaccination rates in Kittitas County, which is 19.1% to 23% for completion rates according to the Washington State Department of Health.  “We always have a sense, anecdotally, around vaccination rates” states Liz Whitaker, Community Health Supervisor.  “For example, vaccines that are fairly new tend to have lower rates, but we also cannot assume that is the only factor to low HPV vaccine rates.” 

KCPHD was awarded $13,262 from the Momentum Fund of the Group Health Foundation to conduct a local assessment and implement strategies to increase HPV vaccination rates in Kittitas County.  

Survey respondents will be eligible to win a $50 gift card to D&M Coffee for their participation. The survey is available online at or in person at the Kittitas County Public Health Department front desk at 507 N Nanum St, Ste 102. A paper copy can also be requested by calling 509-962-7515 and Public Health will mail a survey and a prepaid return envelope. The survey will be open until May 28th.

For more information regarding the HPV survey or the Group Health Foundation grant, please contact the Kittitas County Public Health Department at (509) 962-7515.

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Contact: Kasey Knutson, Public Information Officer, 509-962-7515