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In the news race to report CDC's numbers on HPV infection rates, some important context was missing

from Health News Review

Most teens aren't getting vaccinated for the human papillomavirus, putting them at higher risk for cancer when they become sexually active. That’s a serious problem. But news coverage shouldn't inflate that risk in conveying the message that parents and doctors need to act. That's what happened with HPV prevalence data released on April 6th by the CDC. As journalists raced to report the findings that same day, along with the CDC's pro-vaccination message, some important context was missing or underplayed. more

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