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Main reason would not receive HPV vaccine

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HPVACNOWHY reports the main reasons respondents gave for not getting vaccinated against HPV. This information was collected from female sample adults age 18-64 who had not received the shot (HPVACHAD) and who did not answer "Yes" when asked if they were interested in getting the shot (HPVACINT). This information was also collected for female sample children age 8-17, if they had not received the shot and if their respondent did not answer "Yes" when asked, "If her doctor recommended the HPV vaccine, would you have her get it?" (HPVACGETREC)

Twelve different responses were recognized, including "other" and "don't know." The Field Representative's Manual for 2008 indicated that if the respondent was not sure which reason to pick, the interviewer was to record the first response she gave.

Those who cited expense as the reason for not being vaccinated were asked if they would get the shot if it were free or available at a much lower cost (HPVACGETFRE).

For a full list of HPV-related variables and information, including definitions, see HPVHEAR.


HPVACNOWHY is completely comparable across time.


  • 2008; 2010: Female sample adults age 18-64 years old who are not interested in getting the HPV shot (or for whom this was unknown) and female sample children age 8-17 who would not get HPV vaccine if doctor recommended it (or for whom this was unknown).


  • 2008, 2010