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Table 4 Mother-reported reasons for receiving or not receiving the HPV vaccination at initial clinic visit, intervention arm only

From: Pragmatic trial of an intervention to increase human papillomavirus vaccination in safety-net clinics

  All reasons selecteda % Most important reason %
Reasons for Receiving HPV Vaccineb n = 76 n = 71
Protect child from cancer 57.9 39.4
Vaccines important to prevent serious diseases 44.7 11.3
Video and flyer gave information needed 38.2 5.6
Protect child from HPV via future sexual partners 35.5 18.3
Doctor/nurse recommended 31.6 0.0
Doctor/nurse answered questions 30.3 1.4
Better to be safe than sorry 27.6 5.6
Help my child live long and happy life 25.0 5.6
Believe vaccine is safe 23.7 2.8
Don't want to regret it later if child gets cancer 18.4 2.8
Cancer runs in my family 7.9 1.4
Vaccine has had no serious side effects 7.9 0.0
Other reason/Don't know 2.6 5.6
Reasons for Not Receiving HPV Vaccinec n = 71 n = 59
Want more time to think about it 25.4 5.1
Want more information about vaccine 18.3 6.8
Doctor said contraindicated due to fever/illness 16.9 15.3
Child is too young for this vaccine 15.5 8.5
Worry about safety and side effects 15.5 15.3
Child doesn't need it because not sexually active 15.5 10.2
Didn't have time today 9.9 10.2
Vaccine is too new 8.5 1.7
Doctor/nurse did not offer it today 7.0 5.1
May encourage child to become sexually active 4.2 3.4
Doctor said to wait until older 4.2 5.1
Not in stock/Pharmacy closed 4.2 1.7
Want to discuss it with family members first 2.8 1.7
Child doesn't need it because risk of cancer is low 2.8 0.0
Never heard of vaccine and don't know what it is 1.4 0.0
Don't trust drug companies 1.4 1.7
Child afraid of shots 0.0 0.0
Child doesn't need it because already sexually active 0.0 0.0
Don’t trust my doctor/nurse 0.0 0.0
Costs too much 0.0 0.0
Other reason/Don’t know 11.3 8.5
  1. Note: Wording from original questionnaire items has been abbreviated for this table
  2. a Mothers could select more than one response
  3. bAmong mothers who completed the post-visit survey and whose child received HPV vaccine at the initial visit
  4. cAmong mothers who completed the post-visit survey and whose child did not receive HPV vaccine at the initial visit