The internet's role in HPV vaccine education

Pooja R. Patel, Abbey B. Berenson

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10 Scopus citations


The internet is the second most popular source, after healthcare providers, of information regarding human papillomavirus (HPV). These online searches usually begin with the user entering generic terms in the search engine, and then reading the first few results that the engine returns. Unfortunately, research shows that much of this information obtained about the HPV vaccine is inaccurate and incomplete. In this review, we summarize the literature pertaining to online information concerning the HPV vaccine and review concerns related to obtaining online medical information. Finally, we propose possible solutions medical providers can employ in their everyday practice to help their patients obtain accurate information through their online searches.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1166-1170
Number of pages5
JournalHuman Vaccines and Immunotherapeutics
Issue number5
StatePublished - May 2014


  • Education
  • HPV
  • Internet
  • Media
  • Vaccine

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Immunology and Allergy
  • Immunology
  • Pharmacology


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