Acta Scientific Medical Sciences (ASMS)(ISSN: 2582-0931)

Research Article Volume 8 Issue 3

Acceptance and Attitude Towards Human Papilloma Virus Vaccination Among Parents Attending Primary Health Care Centers, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia: A Cross-sectional Study

Nouf Mohammed Almansour1, Mezoun Almuhaimeed1, Nora Mohammed Albarakah2, Raghad Abdulaziz Alomaim1, Hussain Ali Almaklas3 and Mostafa Kofi1*

1Prince Sultan Military Medical City (PSMMC), Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
2Specialized Medical Center (SMC), Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
3Ministry Oh Health (MOH), Khobar, Saudi Arabia

*Corresponding Author: Mostafa Kofi, Professor, Prince Sultan Military Medical City (PSMMC), Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.

Received: February 16, 2024; Published: February 27, 2024


Introduction: Human Papillomavirus (HPV) is a significant cause of cancers, with vaccines like Gardasil and Cervarix offering prevention. This study explored the attitude of parents in Riyadh towards HPV vaccination for their daughters, focusing on the factors that influence vaccine acceptance.

Methods: The study employed a cross-sectional design, using a structured questionnaire. The collected demographic details, knowledge about HPV and its vaccine, attitudes towards vaccination, and the factors influencing vaccination decisions. Participants were selected through convenience sampling at Primary Health Care centers across Riyadh, targeting parents of daughters aged 9-13 years.

Results: Among 380 participants, awareness regarding the HPV vaccine was 71.3%. Results showed that 46.1% of parents intended to vaccinate their daughters, 31.3% were undecided, and 22.6% were against it. Hesitancy factors included a lack of information (47.8%), concerns about side effects (21.5%), and absence of medical advice (21.0%). Statistical analysis showed a statistically significant differences in vaccine awareness by age (P < 0.001), with the highest awareness among the 25-35 years age group (81.4%) and the lowest in those over 55 (38.6% aware). Gender also played a role, with 78.2% of females versus 60.3% of males being aware of the vaccine (P = 0.001). Employment status correlated significantly with awareness (P < 0.001); 77.3% of employed respondents were aware of the HPV vaccine compared to 65.5% of unemployed respondents. Knowledge scores varied significantly, with an average score of 3.62 ± 2.50. Respondents with higher knowledge scores showed a stronger intention to vaccinate (r = 0.513, P < 0.001).

Conclusion: While a substantial proportion of parents in Riyadh are aware of the HPV vaccine, significant hesitancy exists, primarily due to informational deficits and safety concerns. The study underscores the need for targeted education campaigns to improve understanding of HPV vaccine benefits, addressing misconceptions and enhancing vaccine uptake to protect against HPV-related diseases.

 Keywords: Human Papillomavirus (HPV); Saudi Arabia


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Citation: Mostafa Kofi., et al. “Acceptance and Attitude Towards Human Papilloma Virus Vaccination Among Parents Attending Primary Health Care Centers, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia: A Cross-sectional Study”.Acta Scientific Medical Sciences 8.3 (2024): 124-135.


Copyright: © 2024 Mostafa Kofi., et al. This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited.


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