Knowledge, Attitudes and Barriers to Human Papillomavirus (HPV) Vaccine Uptake Among an Immigrant and Refugee Catch-Up Group in a Western Canadian Province

  • Erin McComb
  • Vivian Ramsden
  • Olufemi Olatunbosun
  • Hazel Williams-Roberts
Original Paper


Vaccination is a key strategy to prevent cervical cancer in developed countries. Lower uptake of human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine among new immigrants and refugees has been documented, although exploration of underlying reasons remains an understudied area. Semi-structured interviews with eleven immigrant women (ages 18–26 years) were conducted to understand their knowledge, attitudes and barriers regarding HPV vaccination in a western Canadian province. Participants had limited knowledge about HPV and the vaccine. Most women perceived that their risk of HPV was low, however expressed willingness to receive the vaccine if it were recommended by their physician. Greater efforts are needed to increase knowledge about HPV among immigrant and refugee women and support for physicians to discuss and offer vaccination to this underserved population.


Human papillomavirus (HPV) Vaccine Immigrants Refugees Canada 



This study was funded by University of Saskatchewan Resident Education Fund.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology and Reproductive Sciences, College of MedicineUniversity of SaskatchewanSaskatoonCanada
  2. 2.Department of Academic Family MedicineUniversity of SaskatchewanSaskatoonCanada
  3. 3.Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology and Reproductive SciencesUniversity of SaskatchewanSaskatoonCanada
  4. 4.Department of Community Health and EpidemiologyUniversity of SaskatchewanSaskatoonCanada

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