HPV Vaccine: Why Parents Really Choose to Refuse

Summary of Research: A new study of survey data finds that only a minority of parents choose not to immunize their children against the sexually transmitted human papillomavirus (HPV) due to concerns that vaccination would encourage or support youth sexual activity, a reason frequently cited by doctors as a barrier to advocating for this vaccine.

Primary Research: Anna Beavis, Melinda Krakow, Kimberly Levinson, Anne F. Rositch. Reasons for Lack of HPV Vaccine Initiation in NIS-Teen Over Time: Shifting the Focus From Gender and Sexuality to Necessity and Safety. Journal of Adolescent Health, 2018; 63 (5): 652 DOI: 10.1016/j.jadohealth.2018.06.024

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