Decision-making process of families about human papillomavirus vaccination of adolescent daughters: a qualitative study of Hong Kong Chinese families
R Fielding1, JT Wu2, WWT Tam1, LDL Wang1
1 Division of Behavioural Health, School of Public Health, The University of Hong Kong
2 Division of Epidemiology and Biostatistics, School of Public Health, The University of Hong Kong
1. Social influences significantly affect the decision-making process of parents and adolescent girls about human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccination.
2. Governmental involvement and recommendations from trusted healthcare professionals are important facilitators of decisions about HPV vaccination.
3. Doubts about the necessity, safety, efficacy, and particularly the high cost of vaccination are major barriers to HPV vaccination. Vaccination costs contribute to inequalities in women’s health, especially among lower socioeconomic groups.
4. The government should subsidise a school-based HPV vaccination programme if high coverage is desired.
5. Future HPV vaccination programmes should focus on the necessity of early vaccination and provide unbiased information about safety and efficacy.