Understanding HPV vaccination among Latino adolescent girls in three U.S. regions

J Immigr Minor Health. 2015 Feb;17(1):96-103. doi: 10.1007/s10903-014-9996-8.


A multi-site study was conducted to assess HPV vaccine initiation and correlates of initiation among Latina adolescents. The study was a collaboration of the CDC/NCI-funded Cancer Prevention and Control Research Network. Data were collected in 2009 from caregivers of Latina adolescents recruited from Los Angeles Country (n = 274), Washington State (Yakima Valley region; n = 90), and Texas (Houston, n = 38; Lower Rio Grande Valley, n = 42). A set of 24 survey items assessed use of the HPV vaccine and awareness, attitudes and barriers to vaccination. Moderate levels of vaccine awareness among caregivers and low uptake of the vaccine (26-37%) among girls were observed. Attitudinal barriers such as concerns about negative effects of the vaccine on daughter's sexual behavior, fertility, and future health were infrequently endorsed. Efforts to understand regional similarities and differences may help inform interventions.

Publication types

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

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • Demography
  • Female
  • Health Knowledge, Attitudes, Practice*
  • Hispanic Americans / psychology*
  • Hispanic Americans / statistics & numerical data
  • Humans
  • Los Angeles
  • Papillomavirus Vaccines*
  • Texas
  • United States
  • Washington


  • Papillomavirus Vaccines