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Journal of Vaccines
Volume 2015, Article ID 869468, 7 pages
Review Article

Identifying and Overcoming Perceived Barriers of Providers towards HPV Vaccination: A Literature Review

Creighton University, 2500 California Plaza, Omaha, NE 68178, USA

Received 31 August 2015; Revised 12 November 2015; Accepted 19 November 2015

Academic Editor: Itabajara da Silva Vaz Jr

Copyright © 2015 Jessica Palmer et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


Human papillomavirus (HPV) is a common sexually transmitted infection in the United States associated with nearly 26,000 cases of cancer annually. With the recent addition of Gardasil 9, three vaccines are now licensed by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and recommended by the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) for HPV prevention. While providers are the preferred source in educating individuals on HPV and HPV vaccination, low uptake percentages indicate that providers are missing valuable opportunities to educate and strongly recommend HPV vaccination. It is critical to examine perceived barriers and attitudes among providers related to HPV and HPV vaccination to identify factors that influence vaccination coverage. This paper aims to expand provider knowledge and awareness of factors that may facilitate an increase in HPV vaccination coverage and subsequent cancer prevention.