HPV Vaccination Among Foreign-Born Women: Examining the National Health Interview Survey 2013–2015

Leslie E. Cofie, Jacqueline M. Hirth, Fangjian Guo, Abbey B. Berenson, Kyriakos Markides, Rebeca Wong

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Introduction Human papillomavirus vaccination is less prevalent among foreign-born than U.S.-born women and may lead to disparities in human papillomavirus−related cancers in the future. There is limited research on factors associated with vaccination uptake between these two groups. This study examined the association between place of birth and human papillomavirus vaccine uptake, and what determinants of vaccination attenuate this relationship. Methods The 2013–2015 National Health Interview Survey data on women was analyzed in 2016, to determine differences in prevalence of human papillomavirus vaccination between foreign- and U.S.-born women. Multivariate binary logistic regression analysis was used to examine the association between foreign-born status and human papillomavirus vaccine initiation, after controlling for health insurance status, having a usual source of care, obstetrician/gynecologist visits, Pap tests, length of U.S. residency, and citizenship. Results Human papillomavirus vaccination prevalence varied significantly among women born in different regions of the world. European and South-American women had the highest vaccination rates among all foreign-born women. Compared with U.S.-born women, foreign-born women were significantly less likely to report human papillomavirus vaccine initiation. This relationship was partially attenuated after adjusting for the covariates. Among foreign-born women, Asians were significantly less likely to report human papillomavirus vaccination uptake than white women. Additionally, living in the U.S. for >5 years was significantly associated with vaccine initiation, but attenuated by U.S. citizenship status. Conclusions Public health interventions to improve human papillomavirus vaccination need to be developed to address multicultural audiences with limited access to health insurance and health care.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)20-27
Number of pages8
JournalAmerican Journal of Preventive Medicine
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 2018

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Epidemiology
  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health


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