HPV vaccine for adolescent males: Acceptability to parents post-vaccine licensure

Paul L. Reiter, Annie Laurie McRee, Sami L. Gottlieb, Noel T. Brewer

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    We examined mothers' willingness to get their adolescent sons HPV vaccine. In December 2009, 2 months after approval of HPV vaccine for males, we surveyed a national sample of mothers with sons aged 9-18 (n=406). More mothers were definitely or probably willing to get their sons HPV vaccine if the vaccine were free (47%) than if it cost $ 400 out of pocket (11%). The importance of HPV vaccine possibly protecting their sons' future female partners from HPV-related disease was the strongest correlate of willingness. These findings are important to increasing acceptability to parents of HPV vaccine for their sons.

    Original languageEnglish (US)
    Pages (from-to)6292-6297
    Number of pages6
    Issue number38
    StatePublished - Aug 2010

    Bibliographical note

    Funding Information:
    This study was primarily funded by a grant from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC, 02577-10 ) with additional support for project staff from the American Cancer Society (MSRG-06-259-01-CPPB) and the Cancer Control Education Program at Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center (R25 CA57726 ). Members of the CDC were involved in conducting the study and in preparing and submitting this article. None of the other funding sources had a role in the design and conduct of the study; collection, management, analysis, and interpretation of the data; and preparation, review, or approval of the manuscript.


    • Acceptability
    • HPV vaccine
    • Males

    PubMed: MeSH publication types

    • Journal Article
    • Research Support, N.I.H., Extramural
    • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't
    • Research Support, U.S. Gov't, P.H.S.


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