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Knowledge, Practice and Acceptability of HPV Vaccine by Mothers of Adolescent Girls in Ilorin, Nigeria

Knowledge, Practice and Acceptability of HPV Vaccine by Mothers of Adolescent Girls in Ilorin, Nigeria

Author: 
Kikelomo T. Adesina
Aishat Saka
Salamat A. Isiaka-Lawal
Omotayo O. Adesiyun
A. Gobir
Adebunmi O. Olarinoye
Grace G. Ezeoke
Publication Date
Wednesday, March 14, 2018
Affiliation: 

University of Ilorin/University of Ilorin Teaching Hospital (Adesina, Saka, Adesiyun, Gobir, Olarinoye, Ezeoke); Sobi Specialist Hospital (Isiaka-Lawal)

In a developing society like Nigeria, most vaccination programmes are highly subsidised or provided freely by donor agencies, in order to facilitate wide coverage. As of the time of this writing, human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine has not yet been subsidised. In addition to covering the cost, since the vaccine is currently available for girls below 18 years, parents have to give consent for the child to be vaccinated. Parental knowledge and attitude would thus influence parental willingness, which will indirectly translate to the uptake of the vaccine. In that context, this study sought to determine the knowledge of parents about HPV infection, their awareness about HPV vaccine, and their willingness to vaccinate their daughters. The hope is that the findings could serve as a foundation for the incorporation of HPV vaccine into the National Immunization Programme in Nigeria.

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Sudan Journal of Medical Sciences, Volume 13, Issue no. 1, DOI 10.18502/sjms.v13i1.1687. Image credit: GAVI/2012/Youngblood

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