Sources of HPV vaccine hesitancy in parents

Pooja R. Patel, Abbey B. Berenson

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Despite strong national recommendations to vaccinate adolescents against the human papillomavirus (HPV), only 14% of teenage girls completed all 3 doses in 2010. Parental hesitancy may be one of the strongest reasons behind this low uptake rate. This review investigates sources of parental hesitancy including parental concerns associated with vaccinations in general, parental knowledge as a basis of HPV vaccine hesitancy, social qualms parents may have with regards to the HPV vaccine, and parental attitudes toward allowing their sons to be vaccinated against HPV. By better understanding these sources of hesitancy, we can focus research efforts towards addressing them in an attempt to improve HPV vaccine uptake.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)2649-2653
Number of pages5
JournalHuman Vaccines and Immunotherapeutics
Issue number12
StatePublished - Dec 2013


  • Adolescent
  • Hesitancy
  • Hpv
  • Parental
  • Vaccine

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Immunology and Allergy
  • Immunology
  • Pharmacology


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