HPV vax uptake poor in older women

The study found the factors most likely to prevent GPs offering immunisation were the patient being in a long-term relationship, patient safety concerns and cost.

“For the 27–45 age group, the majority of GPs stated that they would encourage the vaccination with reservations,” the authors from Monash University said.

GPs estimated they initiated a discussion about the vaccine in 28% of consultations involving Pap smears and that 8% of all women would go on to be immunised.

However, an audit of patients seen from 2007