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Parental, adolescent knowledge of HPV unrelated to vaccination status

September 16, 2014

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Recent data show parental and adolescent knowledge of HPV and HPV vaccination was not associated with adolescent vaccination among a predominantly low-income, black cohort.

Jessica Fishman, PhD, of the University of Pennsylvania’s Perelman School of Medicine in Philadelphia, and colleagues administered 18-item questionnaires to 211 adolescents and 149 parents to determine their knowledge of HPV and HPV vaccination at baseline. Parents were from another adolescent cohort, not those who received the questionnaire. Adolescents were aged 13 to 18 years and had not received the HPV vaccine before study enrollment. Parents were aged 23 to 71 years. Researchers followed adolescents for 12 months after baseline to establish vaccination status via clinical records. Study participants were from low-income, predominantly black neighborhoods.

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