IHC affiliated scholars Joan Cates, Autumn Shafer, and others are authors on a recent publication in the Journal of Adolescent Health about the HPV vaccine. They examined HPV vaccine awareness and information sources reported by parents in North Carolina. While 64% of parents recalled hearing about HPV vaccine through drug company advertisements, only 9% recalled hearing through schools, despite state requirements. The journal also highlighted the findings in an accompanying editorial on HPV vaccine in schools.


Cates, J. R., Shafer, A., Carpentier, F. D., Reiter, P.L., Brewer, N. T., McRee, A.-L., Smith, J. S. (2010) How Parents Hear about HPV Vaccine: Implications for Uptake. Journal of Adolescent Health 2010;47:309-311.

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