Last Updated: 2009-05-26 1:00:10 -0400 (Reuters Health)
NEW YORK (Reuters Health) – New research suggests that most mothers in the US do not intend to have a 9- to 12-year-old daughter vaccinated against human papillomavirus (HPV), even though the national HPV vaccination guidelines specifically target 11- to 12-year-old girls. HPV vaccination has been advocated as a key means of preventing cervical cancer.
According to the report in the June issue of Pediatrics, 48% of mothers intended to have a 9- to 12-year-old daughter vaccinated against HPV. This contrasts with the intention to vaccinate 68% and 86% of girls 13 to 15 and 16 to 18 years of age, respectively.
“Parental attitudes about HPV vaccines will be key determinants of adolescent vaccination, but previous studies have demonstrated that some parents have specific concerns about vaccinating their daughters. Additional information about HPV vaccine acceptability in US mothers is needed,” Dr. Jessica A. Kahn, from Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center, Ohio, and co-researchers note.
The new findings stem from a study of 10,521 mothers, all nurses, who were surveyed from June 2006 through February 2007. A total of 8832 mothers (84%) completed the survey, of whom 7207 had a daughter.
Comment from Leslie
Read the rest of the article to find out that educational intervention by docotrs, healthcare providers and others will be amped up. What happened to “mother knows best?”
Are we not educated – can we not make up our own minds? When you do a Gardasil search on Google – the many of the listings on the first page are all about side effects and dangers.