The Health Belief Model And Human Papilloma Virus Vaccination Among Young Women

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The Health Belief Model and Human Papilloma Virus Vaccination among Young Women
Sewuese Akuse
Social and Behavioral Science Paper
PUBH 6535
Georgia Southern University

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Introduction
The advent of new human papilloma virus (HPV) vaccines with the potential to prevent the majority of cases of invasive cervical cancer presents a remarkable public health achievement (Markowitz et al., 2007). This is because cervical cancer is the commonest female cancer worldwide and it has been associated with HPV infection (Franceschi et al., 2009). In just 2015, there will be 12,900 new cases of cervical cancer in the United States with 4,100 estimated deaths (Siegel, Miller, & Jemel, 2015).
Hispanic women had the highest rate of getting cervical cancer in 2012, followed by black, white, American Indian/Alaska Native, and Asian/Pacific Islander women (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention [CDC], 2013).
Due to such a high statistic, it is encouraged that women, especially below the age of 26 be vaccinated against this virus (CDC, 2013). This might circumvent the incidence rate of cervical cancer. The first vaccine approved for usage was Gardasil which can be administered to girls and women between the ages of 9 and 25 years (Saslow et al., 2007) and serves as prevention for HPV subtypes 6,11,16 and 18 (Mehta, Sharma, & Lee, 2014). It is routinely given in three doses taken at six month

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