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Understanding adolescents’ intentions to have the HPV vaccine

Authors
Journal
Vaccine
0264-410X
Publisher
Elsevier
Publication Date
Volume
28
Issue
7
Identifiers
DOI: 10.1016/j.vaccine.2009.11.082
Keywords
  • Young Women
  • Acceptance
  • Immunisation
  • Cervical Cancer
  • Human Papillomavirus
Disciplines
  • Education

Abstract

Abstract From September 2008, older adolescent girls in the UK are eligible to have the HPV vaccine as part of the HPV vaccination ‘catch-up’ programme. Six months before they were due to be offered the vaccine 16–18 year old girls ( N = 617) from eight further education/sixth-form colleges reported their intentions to have the HPV vaccine and reasons for this decision. Most intended to have the vaccine (around 70%). Some intentions were influenced by perceptions of risk. Many participants wanted more information and a small minority were scared of needles. Some ‘non-intenders’ were opposed to vaccinations altogether. The HPV vaccine is likely to be popular but non-intenders’ views may be difficult to change.

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