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Public Support for HPV Vaccine Wanes When Linked to Controversy

State laws requiring the use of the vaccine used against human papillomavirus (HPV) have aroused controversy with parents, politicians, and medical and public health experts.  A new paper finds that the controversy resulted in diminished public support for legally mandating the HPV vaccine.

Researchers administered an Internet-based survey to a randomly selected sample of participants, who were then exposed to one of two different hypothetical news briefs about the HPV vaccine.  One presented the HPV vaccine as enjoying widespread support, while the other presented the vaccine as controversial.

According to Science Daily:

“Researchers also found that while support for HPV vaccine legislation waned in the shadow of controversy, support for other vaccines remained unchanged”.

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