Human Papillomavirus Vaccination Coverage among Adolescents Living in Southern ItalyDaniela Lo Giudice1 *, Orazio Claudio Grillo1, Giovanni Puglisi2 and Sebastiano Calimeri1
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- Daniela Lo Giudice
Department of Biomedical Sciences and Morphological and Functional Images
University of Messina
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Received date: December 01 2014; Accepted date: February 11 2015; Published date: February 16 2015
Citation: Lo Giudice D, Grillo OC, Puglisi G, Calimeri S (2015) Human Papillomavirus Vaccination Coverage among Adolescents Living in Southern Italy. J Vaccines Vaccin 6:273. doi: 10.4172/2157-7560.1000273
Copyright: © 2015 Lo Giudice D, et al. This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited.
Objective: The aim of this study was to estimate HPV vaccination coverage in the target population residing in Sicily, five years after launch of the vaccination campaign, and to analyze its organization in this region.
Methods: Regional data as at 31 December 2013, grouped by province, issued by the Regional Health Authority were used. The organization and information materials of the campaign were also assessed (letters, posters, brochures, etc.).
Results: The results for Sicily show uptake rates for three doses of HPV vaccination of 56.5%, 55.8%, 58.2%, 55.3% for cohorts born in 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000 respectively, and 56.4% for cohorts born in 1996. These figures highlight the problems encountered during the promotion campaign and vaccination provision.
Conclusions: Vaccine uptake in Sicily was lower than national figures for Italy as a whole for all cohorts and both fall far short of the targets set by the National Immunization Prevention Plan 2012-2014.
In order to promote vaccination uptake and improve coverage, at both regional and local level, the quality of information should be improved and more communication campaigns be instigated to increase the involvement of professionals.