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One in Four California Adolescent Girls Have Had Human Papillomavirus Vaccination

February 1, 2009

Policy Brief

Authors: David Grant, PhD, Nicole Kravitz-Wirtz, Nancy Breen, Jasmin A. Tiro, Jennifer Tsui

This policy brief looks at awareness and utilization of the Human Papillomavirus vaccine among girls age 13 years and older as well as among young women. Interest in receiving the vaccine, as well reasons for not getting the vaccine, is also explored for teen girls, young women and the parents of age-eligible daughters. Using data from the 2007 California Health Interview Survey, the authors find that one-quarter of California adolescent girls have started the series of shots that protect against HPV, a virus strongly linked to cervical cancer. Additionally, a majority of teen girls, parents and young women in California say they would like to have the vaccine. The research represents the first data on HPV vaccine use and acceptability published for any state.

This policy brief was funded by the National Cancer Institute.

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