Mums play key role in convincing daughters to receive HPV vaccine

January 3, 2011

New research has suggested that mothers can play a key role in convincing college-aged women to receive the human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine, intended to prevent the most common sexually transmitted infection.

The study found that young women were more likely to say they had received the HPV vaccine if they had talked to their mother about it.

“Mothers talking to their daughters were an important factor in whether young women were vaccinated,” said Janice Krieger, lead author of the study and assistant professor of communication at Ohio State University.

Many mothers and daughters may be uncomfortable talking about the HPV vaccine, because it is designed to prevent the spread of a sexually transmitted virus, Krieger said.

But regardless of the difficulty in talking about it, the vaccine is important because a persistent HPV infection may cause cancer.

The exploratory research involved 182 mother-daughter pairs. All of the daughters were college students, with an average age of 20.

The daughters mailed a questionnaire about the HPV vaccine to their mothers, and completed a similar questionnaire for themselves.

Overall, 137 of the mother-daughter pairs had talked about the HPV vaccine, and 45 pairs reporting not discussing the vaccine.

Results showed that the key for daughters getting the vaccine was having mothers who discussed the HPV vaccine with their daughter and who reported believing that the vaccine was safe and effective in preventing HPV-related diseases.

The study appeared in the January 2011 issue of the journal Human Communication Research. (ANI)

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SANE Vax Inc, has noted that many sites with articles about the HPV vaccines (Gardasil and Cervarix) now have their comment sections closed…so it is impossible to counter biased and inaccurate information to the public.

As far as this article goes – I did post to one site…that I am aware of 26,000 mothers (the numbers of VAERS reports on adverse injuries and death) who would now regret – and feel tremendous guilt over encouraging their daughters to get the vaccine.


Author: Leslie Carol Botha

Author, publisher, radio talk show host and internationally recognized expert on women's hormone cycles. Social/political activist on Gardasil the HPV vaccine for adolescent girls. Co-author of "Understanding Your Mood, Mind and Hormone Cycle." Honorary advisory board member for the Foundation for the Study of Cycles and member of the Society for Menstrual Cycle Research.