Virginia Led, Then Lagged on HPV Vaccine

Person receiving a vaccine

Person receiving a vaccine

Virginia was the first state in the nation to require that kids entering the sixth grade be vaccinated against human papilloma — a virus that causes cervical cancer in women and throat cancer in men.  Parents can opt out of that requirement, and it turns out many of them do.  Virginia ranks 44th in the nation when it comes to HPV vaccination.   A team of nurses at the University of Virginia is looking at that problem and making recommendations, as Sandy Hausman reports.

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