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01-11-2009 | Gynaecology | Article

Parental views influence child’s view, acceptance of HPV vaccination


Journal abstract

MedWire News: Parental support for the human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine is crucial to the success of the vaccination program, show results of a UK survey of adolescent girls offered the vaccine.

“This is the first insight into how a girl decides whether the vaccine is important to her and who influences her decision,” said lead study author Loretta Brabin (University of Manchester).

The researchers sent a post-vaccination questionnaire to 553 girls aged 12-13 years who were offered three doses of the vaccine.

The results showed that 77 percent of girls shared the decision to have the vaccine with their parents. Of the 13 girls whose parents refused vaccination, 42 percent stated that they wanted the vaccine, and among the girls whose parents insisted on vaccination, 10 percent did not want to be vaccinated.

In total, 47 percent of girls said that their views about vaccination were mainly influenced by parents.

Despite 54 percent of girls stating that the vaccine was very important to them, 39 percent of vaccinated girls said they might not recommend it to others, with rumors surrounding fear of vaccination reported by almost half of all girls.

“Had the vaccine decision rested only with them, the number of girls who might have initially refused or dropped out of the program would have outweighed the number who would have opted or stayed in, hence, parental support for vaccination is still required,” the researchers conclude.

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By Ingrid Grasmo