Dempsey AF, et al.

Providing parents with written information about human papillomavirus vaccines improved their knowledge about HPV but did not increase their willingness to have their child immunized with these vaccines, according to a randomized controlled study of 840 parents in the Seattle area. Instead,parents' attitudes and past experiences with sexually transmitted infections(STIs) influenced HPV vaccine acceptability.

HPV infection is believed to be the most common STI in the United States. The Food and Drug Administration recently licensed an HPV vaccine, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices recommended a three-dose series for girls ages 11 to 12.

This study looked at predictors of parental HPV vaccine acceptability, such as attitudes about vaccines, HPV and STIs; sociodemographic characteristics;knowledge about HPV; and experience with STIs and HPV-associated illnesses.

Participants included primary caregivers of children ages 8...

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