Knowledge and Acceptability of Human Papilloma Virus Vaccine among Health Colleges’ Students at King Abdul Aziz University, Jeddah Saudi Arabia, 2018 (A Cross-Sectional Study)

Authors

  • Rana Hassan A. Gadeer1 , AP. Iman Mohamed Wahby Salem2 ,

DOI:

https://doi.org/10.37506/ijphrd.v11i10.11171

Keywords:

knowledge, acceptability, human papilloma virus vaccine, cervical cancer

Abstract

Background: Three types of HPV vaccine were introduced, and they were effective against HPV infection,
their efficacy reached 98%. Worldwide, many studies have explored the level of knowledge and acceptability
scores of the HPV vaccine. Objectives: To measure knowledge and acceptability and their predictors
toward HPV vaccination among the final year of health college students at King Abdul-Aziz University in
Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, in 2018. Methods: A cross-sectional study with a self-administered, well-structured
questionnaire involving 300 students from the final year of male and female health colleges (Medicine,
Dentistry, Pharmacology, Medical Technology, and Nursing) at King Abdul-Aziz University in Jeddah,
Saudi Arabia, in 2018. Results: This study showed 34.00% good knowledge and 76.00% high acceptability
among health college students. A low level of knowledge about the HPV vaccine among Saudi students
(32.80%) in comparison with non-Saudis (66.70%) (P ? 0.05). The acceptability of the HPV vaccine was
higher in females (80.80%) and was statistically significant (P ? 0.05). The logistic regression analysis
showed that good knowledge level was independently associated with nationality and awareness about the
possibility of preventing cervical cancer, while the acceptability level was independently associated with
the good knowledge score. Conclusion: poor level of knowledge and a high acceptability toward the HPV
vaccine offered us a strong push forward to provide the HPV vaccine to the community.

Author Biography

Rana Hassan A. Gadeer1 , AP. Iman Mohamed Wahby Salem2 ,

1General Physician in Ministry of Health in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, 2Associated Professor of Community Medicine
Saudi Arabia, Rabigh, King Abdul Aziz University, Community Medicine Department, Egypt, Al Azhar University,
Community Medicine Department

Published

2020-10-08

How to Cite

Rana Hassan A. Gadeer1 , AP. Iman Mohamed Wahby Salem2 ,. (2020). Knowledge and Acceptability of Human Papilloma Virus Vaccine among Health Colleges’ Students at King Abdul Aziz University, Jeddah Saudi Arabia, 2018 (A Cross-Sectional Study). Indian Journal of Public Health Research & Development, 11(10), 338-347. https://doi.org/10.37506/ijphrd.v11i10.11171