HPV Vaccine and Latino Immigrant Parents: If They Offer It, We Will Get It


HPV vaccination rates remain low in the fast growing Latino children population while we continue to observe large HPV-associated cancer disparities in the Latino population. In this study, we sought to elucidate Latino immigrant parents’ barriers to obtaining the HPV vaccine for their children. Five focus groups were conducted with Latino immigrant parents of minors (i.e., 9–17 year old) who had not yet initiated the HPV vaccine series. Three major findings were identified from the focus groups: (1) low levels of awareness and knowledge of HPV and the HPV vaccine, (2) high confidence that parent can get the vaccine for their eligible child and (3) lack of provider recommendation as the main barrier to vaccination. Children of Latino immigrant parents could benefit from increased provider recommendation for the HPV vaccine while providing tailored HPV information to parents.

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Aragones, A., Genoff, M., Gonzalez, C. et al. HPV Vaccine and Latino Immigrant Parents: If They Offer It, We Will Get It. J Immigrant Minority Health 18, 1060–1065 (2016). https://doi.org/10.1007/s10903-015-0225-x

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  • HPV vaccine
  • Latino children
  • Latino immigrant parents
  • Vaccination barriers