Understanding HPV Vaccination Among Latino Adolescent Girls in Three U.S. Regions
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A multi-site study was conducted to assess HPV vaccine initiation and correlates of initiation among Latina adolescents. The study was a collaboration of the CDC/NCI-funded Cancer Prevention and Control Research Network. Data were collected in 2009 from caregivers of Latina adolescents recruited from Los Angeles Country (n = 274), Washington State (Yakima Valley region; n = 90), and Texas (Houston, n = 38; Lower Rio Grande Valley, n = 42). A set of 24 survey items assessed use of the HPV vaccine and awareness, attitudes and barriers to vaccination. Moderate levels of vaccine awareness among caregivers and low uptake of the vaccine (26–37 %) among girls were observed. Attitudinal barriers such as concerns about negative effects of the vaccine on daughter’s sexual behavior, fertility, and future health were infrequently endorsed. Efforts to understand regional similarities and differences may help inform interventions.
KeywordsDisparities HPV vaccine Latino health Cervical cancer
We would like to thank our local collaborators at the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health’s Office of Women’s Health hotline operators, the United Way’s Texas 2-1-1 helpline information specialists, the staff of the study “Colorectal Cancer Screening among Hispanics along the Texas-Mexico Border” (SIP 18-04), and the study staff of the Center for Hispanic Health Promotion for their efforts in data collection for their efforts in data collection. This project was supported by the CDC/NCI-funded Cancer Prevention and Control Research Network, a Special Interest Project of the CDC-funded Prevention Research Centers: U48 DP000056 (University of California, Los Angeles), U48 DP000057 (University of Texas School of Public Health), U48 DP000050 (Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, University of Washington, Seattle).
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