Controversy undermines support for state mandates on the human papillomavirus vaccine.


Journal Article

State actions requiring adolescent girls to receive the human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine created controversy following the vaccine's approval in 2006. Some health professionals worried that the controversy might dampen public support for those state policies and for other school immunizations in general. We fielded an experimental Internet survey to determine how controversy affects attitudes about vaccines. We discovered that public support for the HPV vaccine mandates wanes when the public is informed that the policies are controversial. However, the experimental survey also revealed that exposure to this policy controversy did not spill over and reduce public support for immunizations in general.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Gollust, SE; Dempsey, AF; Lantz, PM; Ubel, PA; Fowler, EF

Published Date

  • November 2010

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 29 / 11

Start / End Page

  • 2041 - 2046

PubMed ID

  • 21041746

Pubmed Central ID

  • 21041746

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1544-5208

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 0278-2715

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1377/hlthaff.2010.0174


  • eng