Mandating the hpv
Parents were asked to participate in a study about their opinions of the HPV vaccine and mandatory vaccination programs.Eligible parents who agreed to participate were given a 1-page cover letter that described HPV and the HPV vaccine.The purpose of this study was to determine factors that influence parental acceptance of a mandatory HPV vaccination program.We asked parents of 9- to 17-year-old children to participate in this study.However, one simple explanation is that school-entry vaccines are mandated and the HPV vaccine is not.Although discussion of mandating vaccines generates conflicting opinions, this approach has proven very beneficial from a public health perspective.Parents with a child aged 12 to 14 years who were not familiar or very familiar with HPV thought it was very likely their child could contract HPV and thought the HPV vaccine reduced the risk of cervical cancer and genital warts.
The response rate was 89%, with insufficient time and length of the questionnaire being the main reasons for parents’ refusal to participate.
The questionnaire has been described previously, but it consisted of 53 questions that collected demographic data, opinions about HPV and vaccines, attitudes about the HPV vaccine, and issues involving a mandatory HPV vaccination program.
The main outcome questions determined parental reactions to a mandated HPV vaccination program.
A convenience sample of eligible parents was recruited from waiting rooms in family medicine, obstetrics and gynecology, and pediatric clinics at the Medical College of Georgia, Augusta, and from Women's Health Associates, Atlanta, Georgia.
Patients were also recruited from community sites, including Riverview Park, North Augusta, South Carolina; Suwanee Academy of the Arts, Suwanee, Georgia; and hair and nail salons in Augusta and Atlanta.