Low knowledge of the three-dose HPV vaccine series among mothers of rural Hispanic adolescents

J Health Care Poor Underserved. 2012 May;23(2):626-35. doi: 10.1353/hpu.2012.0040.


Background: Few previous investigations on correlates of HPV vaccine uptake have included Hispanics, a group known to have a disproportionately high risk of cervical cancer.

Methods: Rural Hispanic mothers of daughters aged 9-17 (n=78) were recruited at local community events to participate in a standardized Spanish-language survey that examined factors related to vaccine uptake.

Results: Approximately 35% of the mothers reported that their daughter had received at least one dose of the vaccine. Mothers who had heard of the HPV vaccine were more likely to have a vaccinated daughter (p<.01). Mothers who thought their daughter's father would approve were more likely to have a vaccinated daughter (p=.004). Contrary to expectation, parents who believed that only one injection is necessary were more likely to have a vaccinated daughter (p=.009).

Conclusions: HPV vaccine education programs that target both parents are needed to ensure that Hispanic parents receive the complete HPV vaccine regimen.

Publication types

  • Research Support, N.I.H., Extramural
  • Research Support, U.S. Gov't, P.H.S.

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Alphapapillomavirus / drug effects*
  • Child
  • Female
  • Health Care Surveys
  • Health Knowledge, Attitudes, Practice*
  • Hispanic Americans*
  • Humans
  • Immunization Programs / statistics & numerical data*
  • Middle Aged
  • Mothers / psychology*
  • Papillomavirus Infections / prevention & control*
  • Papillomavirus Vaccines / administration & dosage*
  • Rural Health Services*
  • Uterine Cervical Neoplasms / prevention & control
  • Washington


  • Papillomavirus Vaccines