Human Papilloma Virus Vaccine: Determinants of Acceptability by Mothers for Adolescents in Nigeria

Michael, C. Ezeanochie, Biodun N. Olagbuji


Vaccination of adolescent females against Human Papilloma Virus (HPV), the causative agent for cervical cancer has recently become available. As minors, parental acceptance of the vaccines for adolescent daughters requires exploration. This was a crosssectional survey of 201 mothers attending the gynaecology clinic in a University Teaching Hospital in Nigeria on acceptability of the HPV vaccines and its determinants. Although 70% accepted vaccination of their daughters, 30% were unwilling and the commonest reason for unwillingness was that it may encourage sexual promiscuity (62.3%). Mothers with poor knowledge of STI were significantly more unwilling to accept HPV vaccines compared to those with average or good knowledge (p=0.002). Furthermore, perception of susceptibility to HPV infection by daughters was significantly associated with acceptance of the vaccines (p=0.0001). Increased advocacy and public enlightenment on cervical cancer control and the role of HPV vaccines in its prevention is still necessary especially in developing countries. (Afr J Reprod Health 2014; 18[3]: 154-158)


Keywords: Cervical cancer, Human papilloma virus, vaccine, Nigeria



La vaccination des adolescentes contre le virus du papillome humain (VPH), l'agent causal du cancer du col, vient récemment d’être  disponible. Comme les mineurs, l'acceptation parentale des vaccins pour les filles adolescentes nécessite l'exploration. Il s'agissait d'une étude transversale auprès de 201 mères qui fréquentent la clinique de gynécologie dans un Centre Hospitalier Universitaire  au Nigeria sur l'acceptabilité des vaccins contre le VPH et de ses déterminants. Bien que 70% aient  accepté la vaccination de leurs filles, 30% ont refusé et la raison la plus courante pour le refus était que cela peut encourager la promiscuité sexuelle (62,3%). Les mères qui ont une mauvaise connaissance des ISTs étaient, de façon significative,  plus disposés à ne pas accepter les vaccins HPV par rapport à celle qui ont une connaissance moyenne ou bonne (p = 0,002). En outre, la perception de la susceptibilité à l'infection par le VPH filles était significativement associée à l'acceptation des vaccins (p = 0,0001). Un plaidoyer accru et la sensibilisation du public sur le contrôle du cancer du col et le rôle des vaccins contre le VPH dans la prévention, est toujours nécessaire surtout dans les pays en développement. (Afr J Reprod Health 2014; 18[3]: 154-158)


Mots-clés: cancer du col utérin, virus du papillome humain, vaccins, Nigeria  

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