A content analysis of online news media reporting on the human papillomavirus vaccination programme in South Africa

DOI: 10.1080/20742835.2018.1509928
Author(s): Sharon Attipoe-DorcooHealth Science Center, School of Public Health, University of Texas, USA, Vedantha SinghCancer Research Initiative, University of Cape Town, South Africa, Jennifer MoodleyCancer Research Initiative, University of Cape Town, South Africa


Background: Cervical cancer is the leading cause of cancer-related deaths among females in South Africa. In 2014 South Africa launched a national human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccination programme for grade 4 girls attending public schools. Approximately 49% of South Africans have access to the Internet and the content and quality of vaccination information could play a role in vaccine awareness and decision-making. This study examined the content, accuracy and tone of online news articles reporting on the HPV vaccination programme in South Africa.

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