Parental Attitudes and Beliefs Regarding the Nine-Valent Human Papillomavirus Vaccine.
PURPOSE: The purpose of the study was to explore parents\' attitudes and beliefs about the nine-valent human papillomavirus vaccine (HPV9).
METHODS: Online focus groups were conducted in January, 2015. The U.S. national sample of parents was recruited to four groups: (1) two groups of parents of HPV unvaccinated daughters aged 9-12 years and (2) two groups of parents of vaccinated daughters aged 11-17 years.
RESULTS: Participants were 43 parents of vaccinated daughters and 38 parents of unvaccinated daughters. Results indicated low and variable levels of knowledge about HPV, related cancers, and vaccination (e.g., parents unaware vaccine is recommended for boys). Parents were encouraged that HPV9 covered more types, and many said they want the \"better\" vaccine. Parents of unvaccinated girls wondered whether they should delay vaccination until HPV9 was available, whereas parents of vaccinated girls wondered whether their daughters could be revaccinated with HPV9. Concerns were related to adverse reacti
The Journal of adolescent health : official publication of the Society for Adolescent Medicine
- Vaccines & delivery devices
- United States
- Health promotion
- Vaccine hesitancy
- Region of the Americas