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J Am Board Fam Med. 2010 Mar-Apr;23(2):220-9. doi: 10.3122/jabfm.2010.02.090091.

Parental acceptance of a mandatory human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccination program.

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Gynecologic Cancer Prevention Center, Augusta, Georgia, USA. agerman@mcg.edu

Abstract

OBJECTIVES:

The objective of this study was to determine factors that influence parent's acceptance of a mandatory school-based human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccination program.

METHODS:

A convenience sample of 325 parents, with children aged 9 to 17 years old, completed a 53-item survey. Survey questions targeted their opinions about HPV, the HPV vaccine, and a mandatory HPV vaccination program. chi(2) tests were used to examine relationships between survey items.

RESULTS:

Characteristics of parents who believed the HPV vaccine should be mandated included limited financial resources (P = .03), history of HPV-related disease (P = .04), understanding their child's susceptibility (P = .03), interest in HPV vaccination for their child (P = .0001), and knowledge that the vaccine reduces the risk of cervical cancer (P = .001). Parents of children aged 12 to 14 years old (P = .02) or who knew the vaccine reduced their child's risk of developing genital warts (P = .02) and cervical cancer (P = .001) would be more likely to comply with a mandatory HPV vaccine program.

CONCLUSIONS:

Certain characteristics define parents who support a mandatory HPV vaccination program. Greater education of parents and health care providers should improve vaccination uptake, which ultimately reduces morbidity and mortality from HPV related diseases.

PMID:
20207933
DOI:
10.3122/jabfm.2010.02.090091
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