Survey suggests these factors influence vaccination and that more education is needed

-- Eric Metcalf

Monday, February 8, 2010 (Last Updated: 02/09/2010)

MONDAY, Feb. 8 (HealthDay News) -- Certain behavioral health factors may potentially be associated with human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine acceptability, according to research published in the February issue of Cancer Epidemiology, Biomarkers & Prevention.

Carolyn Y. Fang, Ph.D., of the Fox Chase Cancer Center in Philadelphia, and colleagues analyzed data from 1,383 adults participating in the 2007 Health Information National Trends Survey, who had a female child under the age of 18 years in the household. Participants were asked whether they would have an 11- or 12-year-old daughter get the HPV vaccine.

The researchers found that nearly 58 percent of participants said they would be willing to have a daughter vaccinated, while 24.9 percent were unsure, and 17.6 percent said no. Participants were more accepting of the vaccine if they were current or former smokers, had engaged in recent physical activity, or had not used complementary or alternative therapies in the previous year. Common reasons for not supporting the HPV vaccine included lack of knowledge about the vaccine and safety concerns.

"In sum, these results suggest that despite extensive media attention, there is a clear need for additional education and provision of information regarding the potential benefits and risks of the HPV vaccine. In the perceived absence of such information, behavioral factors may influence, to some extent, vaccine acceptability," the authors write.

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