Quadrivalent Human Papillomavirus Vaccine Uptake in Adolescent Boys and Maternal Utilization of Preventive Care

Source: American Journal of Public Health | Vol:Vol. 103 | Page: e63

By: Hechter, Rulin C. ; Chao, Chun ; Sy, Lina S.


Researchers studied maternal information in the electronic health records of more than 254,000 boys between the ages of 9 and 17 enrolled in the Kaiser Permanente Southern California health plan from Oct. 21, 2009, to Dec. 21, 2010, to determine whether quadrivalent human papillomavirus vaccine (HPV4) uptake could be predicted by maternal utilization of preventive care and history of sexually transmitted infections. The researchers found a link between initiation of the HPV4 series in boys and material receipt of the influenza vaccine and Pap screening. And while the results were not statistically significant, they determined that boys were more likely to begin the vaccine series if their mothers had a history of genital warts.

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