Parents May Not Know HPV Vaccine Recommended for Boys

Source: The Clinical Advisor

By: Blazek, Nicole


A study presented at the 2014 National Association of Pediatric Nurse Practitioners Annual Conference indicates that many parents do not realize the human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine is recommended for both boys and girls. Researchers led by Tami Thomas, PhD, CPNP, RNC, of Emory University’s Nell Hodgson Woodruff School of Nursing conducted an anonymous survey of parents of boys between the ages of nine and 13 and found that only 417 were aware that the HPV vaccine was available for boys and planned to have their sons vaccinated. In addition, mothers were 1.68 times more likely than fathers to have their sons vaccinated. “Raising awareness of the new HPV immunization guidelines from the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practice to vaccinate boys is important to prevent HPV related cancer in men,” said Thomas. “Male-focused nursing interventions should start with increasing parents’ knowledge about HPV infection and the link between HPV infection and cancer.”

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