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Human papilloma virus vaccination: perceptions of young Korean women

Authors


H. Shin: e-mail: hsshin@khu.ac.kr

Abstract

kang h.s., shin h., hyun m.-s. & kim m.j. (2010) Human papilloma virus vaccination: perceptions of young Korean women. Journal of Advanced Nursing66(9), 1946–1952.

Abstract

Aim.  This paper is a report of a descriptive study of young Korean women’s perceptions of use of the human papilloma virus vaccine.

Background.  In Korea, cervical cancer is one of the leading cancers in women, and the rate of human papilloma virus infection is increasing. A national media campaign has recently begun to promote human papilloma virus vaccination. However, research addressing the acceptability of this vaccine to women in Korea has been limited.

Method.  Twenty-five Korean women, 21–30 years of age, participated in seven focus groups. The data were collected in 2007.

Findings.  Participants were concerned about the potential harmful effects of the human papilloma virus vaccine, a possible increase in unsafe sexual behaviours, and the high cost of the vaccine, which is not covered by health insurance. They suggested group vaccination at-cost or free of charge. They discussed ambivalence about the vaccination, the need for more information about the vaccine, and questions about its effectiveness. Most preferred to wait until more people have been vaccinated.

Conclusion.  There is a need for more aggressive dissemination of information about the safety and efficacy of the human papilloma virus vaccine. More reasonable cost, insurance coverage, or free vaccination using a group approach might increase young Korean women’s acceptance and use of the human papilloma virus vaccine.

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