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Recent data shows Latinos and communities living under the U.S. poverty line are more aware of the human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine and vaccination rates in some of these communities is higher than in more affluent ones, The Guardian reports. However, not all patients are completing the entire vaccine series.
For the article The Guardian interviewed Dr. Daisy Morales-Campos, a research instructor at the Latino Research Initiative at The University of Texas at Austin (formerly with Institute for Health Promotion Research at the UT Health Science Center at San Antonio).
Dr. Campos directs Entre Familia, an HPV campaign aimed at Latinos in south Texas.
There are still a lot of barriers to access according to Campos. “People there [in Hidalgo County] often do not have the transportation needed to easily travel to a clinic, especially three times,” Campos said. “Many people rely on nurse clinics, which usually close before the school day ends. Sometimes, clinics do not have the vaccine in stock.”
Learn more about Entre Familia here.