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Willingness of reproductive-aged women in a Nigerian community to accept human papillomavirus vaccination for their children

Morhason-Bello, Imran O, Wallis, Selina, Adedokun, Babatunde O and Adewole, Isaac F (2015) 'Willingness of reproductive-aged women in a Nigerian community to accept human papillomavirus vaccination for their children'. Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology Research, Vol 41, Issue 10, pp. 1621-1629.

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Abstract

Aim
The aim of this study was to determine the willingness of reproductive-aged women in a Nigerian community to allow human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccination in their children and the associated factors with this decision.

Material and Methods
A multistage household survey of 1002 women who participated in the HPV Vaccine and Cervical Cancer Prevention Survey from 26 August to 29 September 2012 at Ibadan North Local Government Area, Mokola Ibadan, Nigeria. Descriptive, bivariate and multivariable analyses were performed, and statistical significance was set at 95% confidence level (CI).

Results
There was high willingness (88.6%) to vaccinate, and this attitude was associated with previous history of genital discharge or sores (adjusted odds ratio, 1.91; 95%CI, 1.05–3.45), and knowledge that cervical cancer is preventable (adjusted odds ratio, 1.67; 95%CI, 1.07–2.59). On the likely acceptability of Nigerian HPV vaccine policy, about two-thirds strongly agreed to its incorporation into the routine immunization program (66.9%), it being free (66.7%) and mandatory (64.3%), amongst other factors. The commonest concerns raised were cost/expenses (10.2%), that it might encourage promiscuity (9.9%), or stimulate early sexual debut (6.7%), and fear of infertility (6.3%).

Conclusion
This study found that the majority of Nigerian women are willing to vaccinate their children against HPV infection and would prefer free universal HPV vaccination with regulation to ensure better uptake. The concerns expressed would need to be addressed by policy-makers to increase its acceptability.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: W General Medicine. Health Professions > Health Services. Patients and Patient Advocacy > W 85 Patients. Attitude and compliance
QW Microbiology and Immunology > Immunotherapy and Hypersensitivity > QW 806 Vaccination
WA Public Health > Health Problems of Special Population Groups > WA 309 Women's health
WA Public Health > Health Problems of Special Population Groups > WA 320 Child Welfare. Child Health Services.
Faculty: Department: Clinical Sciences & International Health > International Public Health Department
Digital Object Identifer (DOI): https://doi.org/10.1111/jog.12775
Depositing User: Jessica Jones
Date Deposited: 27 Jan 2016 10:35
Last Modified: 06 Feb 2018 13:11
URI: http://archive.lstmed.ac.uk/id/eprint/5543

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