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Effect of Internet Use for Searching Information on Vaccination on the Uptake of Human Papillomavirus Vaccine in France: A Path-Analysis Approach

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Internet is a popular source of information regarding vaccination. This study aimed to determine whether there is a negative association between Internet use among French vaccine-hesitant mothers and HPV vaccine uptake by their daughters, and to gain insight into the pathways that would link Internet use to the lack of HPV vaccine uptake. We conducted a pooled cross-sectional analysis across the 2015, 2016, 2017 and 2018 Vaccinoscopie® Survey. Multivariate logistic regression and path models were used in the analysis. The study sample included a total of 2038 respondent mothers. Of those, 89 (4.4%) declared having never been in the situation of searching for information regarding a vaccination they had hesitated about, leaving 1949 mothers for the present analysis. Approximately 24% (466/1949) of the mothers declared using the Internet as a source of vaccine information. In multivariate logistic regression adjusted for physician recommendation of HPV vaccination, attitudes towards vaccines in general, perception of HPV vaccine usefulness, maternal level of education, region of residence, and the survey year, the use of Internet by the mothers was significantly associated with a lower HPV vaccination among their daughters (adjusted odds ratio (aOR), 0.66; 95% confidence interval (CI), 0.47-0.91). Path analysis further confirmed the negative effect of Internet use (β = -0.10, standard error (SE) = 0.02, P < 0.0001), highlighting how the Internet plays a detrimental role in HPV vaccine uptake through a lower perceived level of HPV vaccine usefulness, a lower perceived level of information on childhood vaccination, and unfavorable attitudes towards vaccination in general.
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hal-03855943 , version 1 (24-05-2023)

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Fadia Dib, Philippe Mayaud, Laetitia Longfier, Pierre Chauvin, Odile Launay. Effect of Internet Use for Searching Information on Vaccination on the Uptake of Human Papillomavirus Vaccine in France: A Path-Analysis Approach. Preventive Medicine, 2021, 149, pp.106615. ⟨10.1016/j.ypmed.2021.106615⟩. ⟨hal-03855943⟩
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