HPV Vaccine Hesitancy

Findings From a Statewide Survey of Health Care Providers

Annie-Laurie McRee, DrPH; Melissa B. Gilkey, PhD; Amanda F. Dempsey, MD, PhD, MPH


J Pediatr Health Care. 2014;28(6):541-549. 

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This study offers new information on health care providers' reported HPV vaccine recommendation practices for boys after licensure and provides insight into health care providers' experiences with parental vaccine hesitancy. Increasing HPV vaccine coverage, particularly in the target age range of young adolescents, is a national health priority (U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, 2014). However, the high proportion of providers in our study who do not routinely recommend HPV vaccine to 11- to 12-year-olds as per national guidelines, combined with providers' perceptions of widespread parental concerns about the vaccine, point to the importance of developing tools and strategies that can enable providers to effectively address HPV vaccine hesitancy (Sadaf, Richards, Glanz, Salmon, & Omer, 2013). Intervention research is needed to speed adoption of recommended HPV vaccination practices among providers and ultimately increase uptake among young adolescents. The results of this study highlight potential targets to improve health care providers' recommendations and tools for more effectively counseling vaccine-hesitant parents that can inform future intervention.