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Attitudes and knowledge among parents or guardians of 12-year-old girls about HPV vaccination – A population-based survey in Iceland
1 The Cancer Detection Clinic, Icelandic Cancer Society, Reykjavik, Iceland
2 The Icelandic Directorate of Health, Reykjavik, Iceland
Eur. J. Gynaecol. Oncol. 2016, 37(6), 837–841; https://doi.org/10.12892/ejgo3310.2016
Published: 10 December 2016
Purpose: To assess attitude and knowledge among parents or guardians of 12-year-old girls about human papillomavirus (HPV), cervical cancer, and HPV vaccination. Material and Methods: A mail survey was sent to a randomized sample of 1,000 parents or guardians of 12-year-old girls from a cohort of total 2,092 girls born in 1995 and registered in the Icelandic National Register by the end of December 2007. Results: Of the 994 eligible parents, 583 (59%) returned the questionnaire. Majority of the respondents were mothers who had two or three children. More than one-third of respondents had university education and 84% were married or living with a partner. Over two-thirds did not know that HPV causes cervical cancer and genital warts. Almost all (> 90%) would vaccinate theirs daughters with a HPV vaccine, 73% said they would vaccinate their sons, or themselves if the vaccine was effective for them. Only 11% believed HPV vaccination would increase promiscuity or decrease cervical screening attendance. Conclusion: In Iceland, willingness to vaccinate young girls with HPV vaccine is high, however, knowledge about HPV infections is limited.