Journal article

"Is cancer contagious?": Australian adolescent girls and their parents: Making the most of limited information about HPV and HPV vaccination

Spring Chenoa Cooper Robbins, Diana Bernard, Kirsten McCaffery, Julia Brotherton, Suzanne Garland, S Rachel Skinner

VACCINE | ELSEVIER SCI LTD | Published : 2010


INTRODUCTION: Australia has implemented a nation-wide program providing HPV vaccination to girls at school. To date, there are no published studies that explore knowledge about HPV and HPV vaccine post-implementation of the national school-based HPV vaccination program. METHODS: A purposive sample of schools was selected to reflect a range of vaccination coverage (high versus lower uptake), and different school types (Catholic, Independent or Government). Semi-structured focus groups and interviews were conducted with girls and their parents respectively, until saturation was reached. Transcripts were analysed, letting themes emerge from the data. RESULTS: A core theme from both girls and pa..

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Funding Acknowledgements

We would like to thank the NSW Department of Health for their cooperation with this study and their invaluable advice and feedback on the results We would like to acknowledge CSL Limited Australia for partial funding of this research, in the form of an unrestricted research grant. We wish to acknowledge the invaluable input of the research participants: the parents, adolescents, teachers and nurses who participated in this study and each of the schools that allowed the research to be undertaken on their school's site