Barriers in uptake of free vaccination

Barriers in uptake of free vaccination

08 Apr 2009

La Trobe University academic, Dr Virginia Dickson-Swift from the School of Public Health is calling for young rural residents to help explain the slow uptake of a free vaccine designed to prevent Human Papilloma Virus (HPV) one of the most pervasive sexually transmitted infections in the world.

Dr Dickson-Swift says that HPV infection rates are highest among young women and peak when most women become sexually active.

‘Up to 80% of sexually active men and women will be exposed to at least one type of HPV in their lifetime. Vaccinations are successful in preventing and controlling many infectious diseases and in Australia we now have access to the HPV vaccine, Gardasil ®.

‘The uptake of the free vaccine in the 18 to 26 year age group has been slower than required to achieve the goals of this important public health program in the longer term.’

Dr Dickson-Swift is urging people aged 18 to 26 living in rural areas to complete an online survey.

‘The results of the survey will provide valuable data regarding HPV knowledge and vaccine update. It will also explain some of the barriers to non-vaccination.

The online survey is available at  Enquiries about the survey may be directed to Dr Virginia Dickson-Swift by phone on 03 5444 7852 or by email

For more information or to arrange an interview, please contact:
Dr Virginia Dickson-Swift on 0409 230 013

Zerin Knight, Ph (03) 5444 7375 F +613 5444 7526

M 0428 463 161 E




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