Longitudinal Predictors of Human Papillomavirus Vaccination Among a National Sample of Adolescent Males

Source: American Journal of Public Health | Vol:Vol. 103 | Page: 1419

By: Reiter, Paul L. ; McRee, Annie-Laurie ; Pepper, Jessica K.


A study of human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine uptake among male adolescents has found low vaccination rates and decreased willingness to vaccinate. The researchers suggest that vaccination rates may improve if more physicians recommend and educate patients about HPV vaccine for males. Their findings were based on online surveys completed in 2010 and 2011 by 228 males aged 11 to 17 years and 327 parents. Only 2 percent of sons had received any doses of HPV vaccine at baseline, though this rate increased to 8 percent at follow-up. Among parents who had ever received a doctor’s recommendation to get their sons vaccinated for HPV, about 55 percent did vaccinate between baseline and follow-up. Only 1 percent of parents who never received a physician’s recommendation had their sons vaccinated. Fathers and non-Hispanic white parents were less likely to have sons vaccinated against HPV, the data indicated.

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