Acceptability of HPV Vaccine Implementation Among Parents in India

Proma Paul, Amanda E. Tanner, Patti E. Gravitt, K. Vijayaraghavan, Keerti V. Shah, Gregory D. Zimet

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Due to high cervical cancer rates and limited research on human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine acceptability in India, the research team examined parental attitudes toward HPV vaccines. Thirty-six interviews with parents were conducted to assess sexually transmitted infection (STI)-related knowledge and HPV-specific vaccine awareness and acceptability. Despite limited knowledge, parents had positive views toward HPV vaccines. Common barriers included concerns about side effects, vaccine cost, and missing work to receive the vaccine. Parents were strongly influenced by health care providers’ recommendations. Our findings suggest that addressing parental concerns, health worker training and polices, and efforts to minimize cost will be central to successful HPV vaccine implementation.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1148-1161
Number of pages14
JournalHealth care for women international
Issue number10
StatePublished - Oct 3 2014

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Health Professions(all)


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