Parents' willingness to get human papillomavirus vaccination for their adolescent children at a pharmacy

William A. Calo, Melissa B. Gilkey, Parth Shah, Macary W. Marciniak, Noel T. Brewer

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Pharmacies are promising alternative settings for human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccination because of their accessibility and existing infrastructure for vaccine delivery. We sought to examine parents' willingness to get HPV vaccination for their children at pharmacies. In 2014, we conducted a national, online survey of 1255 parents of 11- to 17-year-old adolescents in the United States. We used multivariable logistic regression to model parents' willingness for getting HPV vaccinations in pharmacies. Overall, 29% of parents would be willing to get HPV vaccine for their children at a pharmacy. Parental willingness was associated with believing that pharmacists are skilled at administering vaccines (OR = 2.05, 95% CI:1.68–2.51), HPV vaccine was at least as important as other adolescent vaccines (OR = 1.48, 95% CI:1.10–1.98), and getting vaccines in pharmacies would give children more opportunities to get health care (OR = 2.17, 95% CI:1.63–2.89). Parental willingness was also more common among parents of adolescents ages 13–17 or who had already initiated the HPV vaccine series. Parents most often indicated that they would like to learn about HPV vaccination in pharmacies from their children's doctor (37%). Offering HPV vaccine in pharmacies may increase uptake as a meaningful number of parents would get the vaccine for their children in these settings. Physician referrals for completing the HPV vaccine series may serve as an important source for increasing awareness of and demand for adolescent vaccination services in pharmacies.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)251-256
Number of pages6
JournalPreventive Medicine
StatePublished - Jun 1 2017

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Epidemiology
  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health


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