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Report: Teen HPV vaccination rate still lagging

Only about half of U.S. teenage girls have gotten a controversial cervical cancer vaccine — a rate that's changed little in three years.Full story

U.S. HPV vaccination rates far from goal, officials say

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Only slightly more than half of U.S. girls aged 13 to 17 had been vaccinated against a virus that can cause cervical and other cancers last year, and a top U.S. health official said on Thursday that more must be done to bring the rate up to the long-term goal of 80 percent. Full story

HPV infections drop 56 percent among teenage girls

  Since the HPV vaccine came out in 2006, fewer girls have been diagnosed with the virus that has infected about 79 million Americans. NBC’s Brian Williams reports.

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The annual test for cervical cancer and HPV is now only deemed necessary once every three to five years, according to the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists. NBC’s Brian Williams reports.

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HPV vaccines are recommended for 11- or 12-year-old boys and girls. HPV vaccines are safe and effective, and can protect males and females against some of the most common types of HPV that can lead to disease and cancer.
HPV vaccines are recommended for 11- or 12-year-old boys and girls. HPV vaccines are safe and effective, and can protect males and females against some of the most common types of HPV that can lead to disease and cancer.

HPV vaccines are recommended for 11- or 12-year-old boys and girls. HPV vaccines are safe and effective, and can protect males and females against some of the most common types of HPV that can lead to disease and cancer.

Dose of Gardasil, the HPV vaccine (Joe Raedle / Getty Images, file)
Dose of Gardasil, the HPV vaccine (Joe Raedle / Getty Images, file)

MIAMI, FL - SEPTEMBER 21: A bottle of the Human Papillomavirus vaccination is seen at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine on September 21, 2011 in Miami, Florida. The vaccine for human papillomavirus, or HPV, is given to prevent a sexually transmitted infection that can cause cancer.