Maternal Acceptance of Human Papillomavirus Vaccine in Malaysia.

al., I-Ching Sam, Li-Ping Wong, Rampal S, et (2009) Maternal Acceptance of Human Papillomavirus Vaccine in Malaysia. pp. 610-612.

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Abstract

<font size="3"><font face="Times New Roman"><o:p><o:p><o:p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt; TEXT-ALIGN: justify"><em style="mso-bidi-font-style: normal"><span style="mso-bidi-font-weight: bold"><o:p>&nbsp;</o:p></span></em></p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt; TEXT-ALIGN: justify"><em style="mso-bidi-font-style: normal"><span style="mso-bidi-font-weight: bold">Objective</span></em><span style="mso-bidi-font-weight: bold">: It has been</span> a little more than a <span style="mso-bidi-font-weight: bold">year ago since the</span> prophylactic vaccine against human papillomavirus (HPV) was released in <st1:place w:st="on"><st1:country-region w:st="on">Malaysia</st1:country-region></st1:place>. Little is known about parental knowledge and acceptability of the vaccine. The objective of this study is to assess mother&rsquo;s knowledge and attitudes towards HPV vaccination. The results are aimed to provide insights into the provision of appropriate educational and promotional program for effective immunization uptake. <o:p></o:p></p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt; TEXT-ALIGN: justify"><em style="mso-bidi-font-style: normal">Materials and Methods</em>: Purposive sampling method was adopted for recruitment of participants. A total of 47 mothers participated across eight focus group discussions carried out between October and November 2007. The transcribed group discussions were analyzed using open-, axial-, and selective-coding procedures. <em style="mso-bidi-font-style: normal"><o:p></o:p></em></p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt; TEXT-ALIGN: justify"><em style="mso-bidi-font-style: normal">Results</em>: Respondents have low awareness about the newly released vaccine and the link between HPV and cervical cancer. When provided with information about HPV and cervical cancer, most mothers were in favor of protecting their daughters from cervical cancer using the vaccine. As with any new vaccine, efficacy and safety was the major concern, particularly when the vaccine is recommended to preadolescent. Many expressed concern about the high cost of the vaccine and hope that the inoculation could be at least partially subsidized by the government. A minority were concern that the STD-related vaccine would promote sexual activities and some opposed making vaccination mandatory. For Muslim respondents, the kosher<em style="mso-bidi-font-style: normal"> </em>issue of HPV vaccine was an important factor for <span style="mso-bidi-font-weight: bold">acceptance.</span> <o:p></o:p></p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt; TEXT-ALIGN: justify"><em style="mso-bidi-font-style: normal">Conclusions</em>: Developing public health messages that focus on the <span style="mso-bidi-font-weight: bold">susceptibility of HPV infection </span>and its link to cervical cancer to educate parents may have greatest impact on improving the uptake of the vaccine. Apart from the major concern about safety and efficacy, affordability, and acceptability of vaccinating young children, religious and ethnic backgrounds were important considerations when recommending the HPV vaccine. To foster broad acceptance, these issues need to be addressed before mass <span style="mso-bidi-font-weight: bold">vaccination</span> is pushed forward to the Malaysian public. <o:p></o:p></p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt; LINE-HEIGHT: 200%"><o:p>&nbsp;</o:p></p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt; LINE-HEIGHT: 200%; TEXT-ALIGN: justify">&nbsp;</p> </o:p></o:p></o:p></font></font>

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: traditional and complementary medicine, Asia men, erection difficulties.
Subjects: R Medicine
Depositing User: MR. ADNAN YAHYA
Date Deposited: 11 Feb 2009
Last Modified: 02 Jul 2009
URI: http://repository.um.edu.my/id/eprint/68778

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