Attitudes toward HPV vaccination among parents of adolescent girls in Mysore, India

Purnima Madhivanan, Karl Krupp, M. N. Yashodha, Laura Marlow, Jeffrey D. Klausner, Arthur L. Reingold

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Abstract

This study investigates attitudes toward human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccination among parents of adolescent girls in Mysore, India. Seven focus group discussions were held among parents of adolescent girls stratified by sex, religion and region to explore attitudes about cervical cancer and HPV vaccination. The study found that while parents have limited knowledge about HPV or cervical cancer, most are still highly accepting an HPV vaccine. In addition, high acceptability levels appear to reflect positive attitudes toward the government universal immunization program in general, rather than to the HPV vaccine in particular. The results highlight the need for additional education and health promotion regarding HPV and cervical cancer prevention in India.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)5203-5208
Number of pages6
JournalVaccine
Volume27
Issue number38
DOIs
StatePublished - Aug 20 2009
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • HPV
  • India
  • Vaccination

ASJC Scopus subject areas

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

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