Understanding adolescents' intentions to have the HPV vaccine

Vaccine. 2010 Feb 17;28(7):1673-6. doi: 10.1016/j.vaccine.2009.11.082. Epub 2009 Dec 14.


From September 2008, older adolescent girls in the UK are eligible to have the HPV vaccine as part of the HPV vaccination 'catch-up' programme. Six months before they were due to be offered the vaccine 16-18 year old girls (N=617) from eight further education/sixth-form colleges reported their intentions to have the HPV vaccine and reasons for this decision. Most intended to have the vaccine (around 70%). Some intentions were influenced by perceptions of risk. Many participants wanted more information and a small minority were scared of needles. Some 'non-intenders' were opposed to vaccinations altogether. The HPV vaccine is likely to be popular but non-intenders' views may be difficult to change.

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • Attitude to Health
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Intention*
  • Papillomavirus Infections / prevention & control*
  • Papillomavirus Vaccines / administration & dosage*
  • Papillomavirus Vaccines / immunology
  • Patient Acceptance of Health Care / psychology*
  • Risk Factors
  • United Kingdom
  • Uterine Cervical Neoplasms / prevention & control
  • Young Adult


  • Papillomavirus Vaccines