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School vaccine requirements raise HPV shot rates

from HealthDay via WebMD

Schools that require routine vaccines as a condition of attendance have higher rates of vaccination, including higher rates of immunization for the human papillomavirus, a new study finds. The HPV vaccine protects against cervical cancer, as well as other cancers linked to the sexually transmitted virus. Children at these schools are also more likely to get recommended shots for tetanus, diphtheria and pertussis (whooping cough) — the so-called Tdap shot — and meningitis (the meningococcal vaccine), researchers said. more

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