Predictors of HPV vaccine uptake among women aged 19-26: Importance of a physician's recommendation

S. L. Rosenthal, T. W. Weiss, G. D. Zimet, L. Ma, M. B. Good, M. D. Vichnin

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Among insured women, aged 19-26 years, those who discussed the HPV vaccine with their physician and received a recommendation were overwhelmingly more likely to be vaccinated. Student status and perception of the personal importance of vaccination were also predictive of vaccination. The strength of the physician's recommendation played a significant role in the decision to be vaccinated, resulting in a 4-fold greater likelihood of vaccination when women received a strong recommendation versus one that was not strong. Health care providers should be well-informed about HPV vaccination and recognize that the strength of their recommendation to patients will foster appropriate uptake.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)890-895
Number of pages6
Issue number5
StatePublished - Jan 29 2011


  • Human papillomavirus
  • Uptake
  • Vaccines

ASJC Scopus subject areas

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

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