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Table 2 School nurse attitudes towards HPV vaccination (n = 851)

From: School nurses’ attitudes and experiences regarding the human papillomavirus vaccination programme in Sweden: a population-based survey

  Strongly agree Partially agree Partially disagree Strongly disagree
n (%) n (%) n (%) n (%)
It is appropriate that HPV vaccination was introduced into the general childhood vaccination program. 544 (63.9) 239 (28.6) 54 (6.2) 11 (1.3)
The school nurse should be responsible for the HPV vaccinations. 517 (60.8) 239 (28.1) 68 (8.0) 27 (3.2)
Boys should also be offered the HPV vaccine in the school-based vaccination program. 352 (41.4) 341 (40.1) 113 (13.3) 45 (5.3)
HPV vaccination is more painful than other vaccinations. 232 (27.3) 302 (35.5) 172 (20.2) 145 (17.0)
Fear of needles is a problem. 198 (23.3) 375 (44.1) 176 (20.7) 102 (12.0)
Those who decline vaccination should be offered the vaccination later. 271 (31.8) 238 (28.0) 184 (21.6) 158 (18.6)
I have sufficient confidence in the authorities’ decisions about HPV vaccination. 393 (46.2) 356 (41.8) 81 (9.5) 21 (2.5)
HPV vaccination may result in decreased condom use. 54 (6.3) 377 (44.3) 257 (30.2) 163 (19.2)
HPV vaccination may result in an increased number of sexual partners. 31 (3.6) 167 (19.6) 335 (39.4) 318 (37.4)
HPV vaccination may improve the awareness of sexually transmitted infections. 199 (23.4) 527 (61.9) 95 (11.2) 30 (3.5)
HPV vaccination may reduce participation in Pap smear tests. 72 (8.5) 466 (54.8) 227 (26.7) 86 (10.1)