Effects of socioeconomic status and health care access on low levels of human papillomavirus vaccination among Spanish-speaking hispanics in California

Shingisai Chando, Jasmin A. Tiro, T. Robert Harris, Sarah Kobrin, Nancy Breen

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Abstract

Little is known about the effect of language preference, socioeconomic status, and health care access on human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccination. We examined these factors in Hispanic parents of daughters aged 11 to 17 years in California (n = 1090). Spanishspeaking parents were less likely to have their daughters vaccinated than were English speakers (odds ratio [OR] = 0.55; 95% confidence interval [CI] = 0.31, 0.98). Adding income and access to multivariate analyses made language nonsignificant (OR = 0.68; 95% CI = 0.35, 1.29). This confirms that health care use is associated with language via income and access. Lowincome Hispanics, who lack access, need information about free HPV vaccination programs.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)270-272
Number of pages3
JournalAmerican Journal of Public Health
Volume103
Issue number2
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Feb 2013

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  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health

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