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: We sought to identify factors that influence Human Papillomavirus (HPV) vaccination rates in individuals at two higher education institutions in South Carolina (SC). We surveyed 1007 students with a mean age and standard deviation of 20.3 ± 3.3 from September 2018 to December 2018. Participants answered 13 questions, assessing HPV vaccination rates, demographics, and rationales for vaccination vs. non-vaccination. Of 1007 respondents, 700 received HPV vaccination, 165 were unvaccinated, 75 received partial vaccination and 138 were uncertain. Commonalities in HPV vaccination existed between females ( = 0.037), individuals who received standard childhood vaccinations ( = 0.04), and those not native-born in SC ( < 0.001). Of non-vaccinated individuals, 37% "never thought about vaccination," 32% did not perceive a need for vaccination, and 31% reported vaccine safety as reasons for not receiving the vaccine. Promotion of HPV vaccination may benefit from targeting SC natives, males, and individuals who are under-vaccinated or unvaccinated.
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Name: Journal of American college health : J of ACH
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Group activities directed against VACCINATION.
Rate of VACCINATION as defined by GEOGRAPHY and or DEMOGRAPHY.
Refusal to receive VACCINATION.
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