Maternal characteristics that predict a preference for mandatory adolescent HPV vaccination

Ruth C. Carlos, Amanda F. Dempsey, Ken Resnicow, Mack Ruffin, Divya A. Patel, Christopher M. Straus, Vanessa K. Dalton

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Adolescent human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccination uptake, as a means of cervical cancer prevention, remains suboptimal with significant racial disparity. A survey study of mothers already engaging in their own cancer screening, at a predominantly black urban site and a predominantly white suburban site, finds that a majority of mothers surveyed support hypothetical mandates for adolescent HPV vaccination three years after the introduction of these vaccines. Enactment of state laws may represent an efficient means to improve HPV vaccination in adolescent daughters of these mothers. Nevertheless, in a sizable minority, maternal perceptions of the HPV vaccine may hinder adherence to these vaccination laws. In these women, tailored interventions directed at these perceptions may be required.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)225-229
Number of pages5
JournalHuman Vaccines
Issue number2
StatePublished - Feb 2011

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • General Pharmacology, Toxicology and Pharmaceutics
  • Immunology


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