King County HPV Vaccine Promotion Project
Educate, Vaccinate, Eliminate.
Did you know there is a vaccine that can prevent cancer?
More than 34,000 people in the U.S. get HPV-related cancers every year. We can prevent these cancers with the HPV vaccine.
The HPV vaccine is cancer prevention.
Human papillomavirus (HPV) is the most common sexually transmitted disease in the United States. While HPV is known to cause genital warts, certain strains of the virus can cause up to 6 types of cancer, including mouth and throat cancer, anal cancer, and others. The HPV vaccine is the best way to protect against these life-threatening cancers.
We work to connect students with healthcare providers and create a larger youth impact at school based health centers (SBHCs) and Public Health birth control and STD clinics.
In Seattle, student volunteers work with their school based health center to provide classmates an easy option for getting their HPV vaccine, as well as all of their other healthcare needs right there in their school. Campaigns in south King County partner with local Public Health birth control and STD clinics to raise awareness about the HPV vaccine and other services offered at the clinics.
Now in our fifth year, the HPV Campaign is made up of over 70 high school student volunteers from all over King County, and every year we have seen more and more students getting vaccinated against HPV.
Active HPV Vaccine Campaigns at local schools
Due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, all HPV vaccine campaign activities are being held virtually. Some campaigns are on-hold. If interested, please contact us below for updated information regarding the HPV campaign.
Seattle public high schools:
- Chief Sealth
- Nathan Hale
- Rainer Beach
- West Seattle
King County high schools:
- Decatur (Federal Way)
- Evergreen (Burien)
- Lindbergh (Renton)
- Mountainview (Auburn)
- Tyee (SeaTac)
Join our Campaign!
We are working to protect the lives of young people from dangerous disease- and you can help make a difference!
If you are a high school student interested in earning community service hours, gaining experience in youth advocacy or Public Health, or are just curious, please contact Emma McVeigh at firstname.lastname@example.org or use our online form.
Strategy Team Interns
The HPV Strategy Team internship was created during pandemic times as a way for students involved in the HPV Vaccine Campaign to connect with each other virtually from across King County and to continue providing important healthcare resources to King County youth. Student interns manage a social media account, where they raise awareness about HPV, the HPV vaccine, sexual health, and School Based Health Centers and Teen Clinics. They also plan and host virtual events as opportunities for students across King County to connect around adolescent health and well-being.
Follow them on Instagram and TikTok @hpv_champs.
Watch a video about this project by hearing from our 2017-2018 Vaccine Champions!
Local high school students boost cancer-preventing vaccinations for HPV
Public Health Insider blog, posted Nov. 12, 2019
This toolkit provides students and health center staff some tools to develop and sustain an HPV Campaign in their schools. By starting this campaign, you can help increase HPV vaccination rates and prevent HPV-related cancers and disease.
Link/share our site at www.kingcounty.gov/hpv