The Introduction of the HPV Vaccine

The introduction of the human papilloma virus (HPV) vaccine initiated much discussion and controversy among helping professionals. According to the CDC (2014):

HPV vaccines protect against HPV infection and cervical cancers in women. HPV vaccines offer the best protection to girls and boys who receive all three vaccine doses and have time to develop an immune response before being sexually active with another person. That’s why HPV vaccination is recommended for preteen girls and boys at age 11 or 12 years.

The HPV vaccine is not a required immunization; therefore, parents are able to decide whether or not they want their child to have this vaccine.

Parental Acceptance of a Mandatory Human Papillomavirus (HPV) Vaccination Program | American Board of Family Medicine (


Post by Day 4 your perspective on how cultural and sexual beliefs may have impacted the Ferris, Horn, and Waller (2010) study on implementing a school-based mandatory HPV vaccine program. Use the week’s resources to support your perspective. Be careful not to use personal experiences.

Be sure to support your postings and responses with specific references to the resources.


Read a selection of your colleagues’ postings.

Respond by Day 6 to one colleague’s response that differs from your perspective, sharing any insights gained from their rationale, supporting your opinions with your own posting and the week’s resources.

Return to this Discussion in a few days to read the responses to your initial posting. Note what you learned and/or any insights you gained as a result of your colleagues’ comments.

Colleague: Stephanie


Discussion 2: The Introduction of the HPV Vaccine

Perspective on how cultural and sexual beliefs may have impacted the Ferris, Horn, and Waller (2010) study on implementing a school-based mandatory HPV vaccine program

Based on the study results, parents who were more apt to agree with a mandatory HPV vaccine varied based on their knowledge of HPV, their income, and individuals who have had HPV or an abnormal test. Parents in the study who were not familiar with HPV felt it could be very likely their child could get it and agreed to have the vaccine (Ferris et al., 2010). This indicates that once parents are appropriately educated on HPV and the vaccine, they will feel comfortable having their child get it. The benefits they perceive and mandating will make it more effective to prevent their children’s chances of getting it.

Individuals with low incomes and who had Medicaid or Tricare insurance or no insurance agreed it should be mandated. This could be because the government would take up the cost and relieve their economic burdens in choosing to have their children get the vaccine. Without the cost covered, many may not be able to afford the vaccine leaving children susceptible to HPV. Parents who had a history of HPV-related diseases supported the need for the vaccine to be mandated (Ferris et al., 2010). These parents could be in favor because they are educated on the issue and have experienced something firsthand so that they want to do all they can to prevent their children from getting an HPV-related disease.

The study did have limitations of gender, not having fathers surveyed, and ethnicity and race were also limited with their participant pool. Therefore, these results may not be generalizable to the greater population of parents. HPV is a group of more than 150 related viruses that infect men and women. These common viruses infect about 14 million people, including teens, every year. Some HPV infections can lead to certain types of cancer (CDC, 2019). Therefore, I also believe if parents had been surveyed that were aware their children were sexually active or have had questions leading to their curiosity, and those with open communication about sex and the subject would be persuaded to have their children vaccinated if they were knowledgeable of HPV and the vaccine.


CDC. (2019, November 8). HPV Vaccine for Preteens and Teens. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Ferris, D., Horn, L., & Waller, J. L. (2010). Parental Acceptance of a Mandatory Human Papillomavirus (HPV) Vaccination Program. The Journal of the American Board of Family Medicine23(2), 220–229.

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