Acceptability of the human papillomavirus vaccine and reasons for non-vaccination among parents of adolescent sons

Kelly L. Donahue, Nathan W. Stupiansky, Andreia B. Alexander, Gregory D. Zimet

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Abstract

Routine administration of the quadrivalent human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine has been recommended for 11-12-year-old males since 2011, but coverage remains low. In a U.S. national sample of parents of 11-17-year-old males (n= 779), 78.6% of parents reported their sons had not received the HPV vaccine. The most common reason for non-vaccination (56.7%) was "My doctor or healthcare provider has not recommended it." Parents citing only logistical reasons for non-vaccination (e.g., lack of recommendation, access, or education, n= 384) reported significantly higher vaccine acceptability than parents reporting a combination of attitudinal (e.g., concerns about vaccine safety or efficacy) and logistical barriers (n= 92), while parents citing only attitudinal barriers (n= 73) reported the lowest level of vaccine acceptability. In sum, many parents are willing but have not vaccinated sons due to logistical barriers, most commonly lack of healthcare provider recommendation. These findings have important implications for increasing HPV vaccination coverage among adolescent males.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)3883-3885
Number of pages3
JournalVaccine
Volume32
Issue number31
DOIs
StatePublished - Jun 30 2014

Keywords

  • Adolescence
  • Healthcare providers
  • Human papillomavirus
  • Vaccination
  • Vaccine acceptability

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Immunology and Microbiology(all)
  • Infectious Diseases
  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health
  • veterinary(all)
  • Molecular Medicine
  • Medicine(all)

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