Despite the fact that the HPV vaccination is an important immunization for childhood cancer survivors because of their risk of developing second malignancies, few survivors obtain it. Researchers investigated HPV vaccination awareness among caregivers of childhood cancer survivors, as well as whether or not their kid had received the vaccine and their desire to vaccinate. Caregivers whose child had completed cancer treatment at Primary Children’s Hospital in Salt Lake City, Utah, 3 to 36 months previous to the start of the research were eligible. Additional research was conducted among caregivers whose children were HPV vaccination age-eligible. They used descriptive statistics and multivariable generalized linear models to find variables associated with vaccination intention and uptake of the HPV vaccine. Approximately 30% of caregivers whose kids had not yet had the HPV vaccination said that they were unlikely to obtain the vaccine for their child, with the most often given reason being a lack of information. Discussions with providers about vaccinations and adverse effects, as well as advice about immunizations after cancer treatment, increased caregiver desire to obtain the HPV vaccine for their child with cancer.
These findings highlight the need for oncology-focused programs to educate families of pediatric cancer survivors about the importance of receiving the HPV vaccine following cancer treatment.