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J Health Care Poor Underserved. 2012 May;23(2):626-35. doi: 10.1353/hpu.2012.0040.

Low knowledge of the three-dose HPV vaccine series among mothers of rural Hispanic adolescents.

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Division of Cancer Control and Population Sciences, National Cancer Institute, Bethesda, MD 20892-7344, USA. deanna.kepka@nih.gov

Abstract

BACKGROUND:

Few previous investigations on correlates of HPV vaccine uptake have included Hispanics, a group known to have a disproportionately high risk of cervical cancer.

METHODS:

Rural Hispanic mothers of daughters aged 9-17 (n=78) were recruited at local community events to participate in a standardized Spanish-language survey that examined factors related to vaccine uptake.

RESULTS:

Approximately 35% of the mothers reported that their daughter had received at least one dose of the vaccine. Mothers who had heard of the HPV vaccine were more likely to have a vaccinated daughter (p<.01). Mothers who thought their daughter's father would approve were more likely to have a vaccinated daughter (p=.004). Contrary to expectation, parents who believed that only one injection is necessary were more likely to have a vaccinated daughter (p=.009).

CONCLUSIONS:

HPV vaccine education programs that target both parents are needed to ensure that Hispanic parents receive the complete HPV vaccine regimen.

PMID:
22643612
DOI:
10.1353/hpu.2012.0040
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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