Parental attitudes and information needs in an adolescent HPV vaccination programme

Br J Cancer. 2008 Dec 2;99(11):1908-11. doi: 10.1038/sj.bjc.6604766. Epub 2008 Nov 4.


We sent a questionnaire to 38% (1084) of 2817 parents whose daughters had been offered human papillomavirus vaccination and who had agreed to participate. Of these, 60% (651) returned a questionnaire. Responses suggested that fact sheets and parent information evenings confirmed, rather than changed, consent decisions. The views of active refusers on safety and efficacy may be difficult to change, lowering vaccine coverage.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • Adult
  • Attitude to Health*
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Papillomavirus Infections / prevention & control
  • Papillomavirus Vaccines*
  • Parents / psychology*
  • Surveys and Questionnaires


  • Papillomavirus Vaccines