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Psychological barriers to HPV vaccination programmes

Currently in the US less than 25 percent of the target population has received an HPV vaccination, far below the target needed to maximize the vaccine’s potential public health benefit.

A study from Yale University reports that parental concerns about increased promiscuity were the single biggest factor in the decision–making process. Financial considerations also influences people’s choices.

“A fundamental but often–neglected aspect of developing and implementing an optimal intervention program is human psychology which influences adherence to recommendations,” said Alison Galvani, Assistant Professor in Epidemiology of Microbial Diseases

http://info.med.yale.edu/eph/news/nov08/hpv_25nov08.html