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Vaccine. 2011 Apr 12;29(17):3138-43. doi: 10.1016/j.vaccine.2011.02.045. Epub 2011 Mar 4.

Human papillomavirus vaccine uptake and barriers: association with perceived risk, actual risk and race/ethnicity among female students at a New York State university, 2010.

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Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics, School of Public Health, University at Albany, 1 University Drive, Rensselaer, NY 12144, United States.


Understanding human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine uptake patterns is critical to improve vaccination levels. Approximately half (56%) of female undergraduate students surveyed at a large public university reported HPV vaccine series initiation, with 79% of initiators completing the three dose series. Predictors of series initiation included having a conversation with a health-care provider about the vaccine, reporting a history of sexual intercourse and receipt of the meningitis vaccine. Compared to whites, black/African-American women were 33% less likely to have initiated HPV vaccination. Common reasons for not receiving the HPV vaccine included concerns about vaccine safety and doctors' not recommending vaccination.

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