The influence of medical providers on HPV vaccination among children of Mexican mothers: A comparison between Mexico and the Midwest region of the United States

Mariela Bahena, Marcela Carvajal-Suarez, Amr S. Soliman, Jiangtao Luo, Armando De Alba

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Abstract

Background: Among cervical cancer patients in the U.S., a disproportionate number are Hispanics/Latinos. Also, about a third of patients diagnosed with cervical cancer annually in Mexico die of the disease. Vaccines are available to protect against HPV, the cause of cervical cancer. Methods: A cross-sectional study was conducted with 200 mothers of Mexican origin in the U.S. Midwest and Xalapa, Veracruz, Mexico. Based on a validated bilingual questionnaire, this study elicited information about knowledge and attitudes regarding HPV vaccination and cervical cancer. Results: Mothers living in Mexico showed better knowledge about HPV and HPV vaccine (77.8%) than participants living in the U.S. (48%) p <.0001. Logistic regression revealed that receiving information about the HPV vaccine from medical providers was a significant predictor of mothers' willingness to vaccinate their children. Conclusions: A need for increasing public health education of Mexican mothers in the Midwest on HPV/HPV vaccination, may lead to improving utilization of the vaccination and eventually a reduction of cervical cancer. HPV vaccination for boys is critical for reducing the risk of transmission to sexual partners and decreasing the risk of HPV- related diseases in the population. Therefore, we recommend increasing efforts to vaccine boys and increasing knowledge that boys must also be vaccinated, especially in Mexico.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number515
JournalBMC Public Health
Volume19
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - May 6 2019

Keywords

  • HPV
  • Hispanic/Latinos health
  • Knowledge
  • Minorities
  • Vaccination

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health

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