University team studying why so few Virginia girls get HPV vaccine
from Daily Progress
A University of Virginia study is asking why so many Virginia girls are not getting vaccinated for human papillomavirus. About 28 percent of adolescent girls in Virginia received all three doses of the HPV vaccine last year, compared with 38 percent of girls nationally. This is a major concern because HPV is often a precursor for cervical, anal and oral cancer, said Jessica Keim-Malpass, an assistant professor in the university's School of Nursing.
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