Moms Resist HPV Vaccine for Preteens

All of these factors could be incorporated into messages, including those seen in brochures and posters about HPV and the vaccine, Kahn said. She was also lead author of a paper appearing in the May issue of Obstetrics & Gynecology that found that interventions which address personal beliefs about the HPV vaccine as well as system-wide barriers to vaccination could lead to higher vaccination rates.

"This shows that there's a difficulty in having mothers recognize that their children will become sexually active at a relatively young age," said Dr. Jay Brooks, chairman of hematology/oncology at Ochsner Health System in Baton Rouge, La. "It's a process and it's an attitudinal change that has to occur."

More information

The U.S. National Cancer Institute has more on HPV and cervical cancer.

SOURCES: Jessica Kahn, M.D., MPH, associate professor, pediatrics, Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center; Jay Brooks, M.D., chairman, hematology/oncology, Ochsner Health System, Baton Rouge; May 4, 2008, presentation, Pediatric Academic Societies annual meeting, Honolulu; May 2008 Obstetrics & Gynecology

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