Valek & Co. Encourages HPV Vaccination, July 2012

By Genevieve Valek

Valek & Co. has been working with public health professionals across the state to step up efforts to encourage the use of the HPV vaccine, which prevents cervical and other kinds of cancer. Only about 25 percent of Illinois teen-aged girls have received all three doses of this vaccine, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Working with client the Illinois Public Health Association, Valek & Co. helped to organize an April 17 summit, “Preventing Cervical Cancer and Other Adverse Conditions Associated with Human Papillomavirus,” held at IPHA’s 71st annual meeting. Speakers emphasized that HPV can be transmitted from mother to child during childbirth and through other kinds of non-sexual contact, including common playground behavior. Unfortunately, some parents associate the HPV vaccine with sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) and sexual promiscuity, conditions they believe will not affect their pre-teen and teen-aged children.

In addition, Valek & Co. organized media relations and social media efforts for a series of June events across Illinois to encourage the HPV vaccination. This work resulted in hundreds of individuals across the state attending the events and learning more about the HPV vaccine.

To learn more about the HPV vaccine, go to, a Web site that Valek & Co, created. 

@ Valek & Company 2016