Health Experts: Vaccinate kids for HPV to prevent cancers


Highlights

About a third of Texas kids have been vaccinated for HPV.

HPV infection has been linked to six different cancers.

The vaccination has long been caught up in political battles.

Hoping to increase vaccination rates in Texas for the human papillomavirus, or HPV, a group of health professionals on Tuesday announced the launch of a new education effort.

Ninety percent of HPV cases go away on their own within two years, according the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, but some forms of HPV can cause cervical and other types of cancer. Experts say getting the vaccine is a way to tamp down chances of getting one of those cancers. Each year, about 31,500 men and women in the U.S. are diagnosed with a cancer caused by HPV. There is no treatment for HPV infection, but vaccination and screening can prevent most HPV-related cancers.

But in Texas, where battles over vaccination have been politically charged, only 33 percent of children aged 13 to 17 have been vaccinated for HPV — leaving the state ranked 47th among states for HPV vaccination rates.

Read the full story on mystatesman.com.



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