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Ever heard about HPV vaccine

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For sample adults age 18-64 and female sample children age 8-17, HPVACHEAR indicates whether respondents had heard of the HPV vaccine or shot. Interviewers introduced the question by stating, "A vaccine to prevent HPV infection is available and is called the HPV shot, cervical cancer vaccine, or GARDASIL.® Before this survey, have you ever heard of the HPV shot or cervical cancer vaccine?"

The Field Representative's Manual noted that the HPV-related questions were designed "to capture information on attitudes and knowledge about the HPV shot, the HPV virus, and the usage of the HPV shot or Cervical cancer vaccine."

Related Variables 

The following additional variables about the HPV vaccine are also available:

  • Number of HPV shots received (HPVACNO)

  • Main reason would not receive HPV vaccine (HPVACNOWHY)
  • Would get HPV vaccine if cost 350 to 500 dollars (HPVACGET500)
  • Would SC get HPV vaccine if it were free/at a lower cost (HPVACGETFRE)

For a full list of HPV-related variables and other information on the virus, including definitions and CDC recommendations for vaccinations, see HPVHEAR.


Apart from universe changes, HPVACHEAR is completely comparable over time.


  • 2008: Sample adults age 18-64 and female sample children age 8-17.
  • 2009 -2011: Sample adults age 18-64.
  • 2012: Sample adults age 18-64 and sample children age 8-17.


  • 2008-2012