25% Of Teen Girls In The U.S. Have Received Gardasil Shot

October 13, 2008

The CDC has stated that 25% of teen girls in the U.S. have receive the cervical cancer vaccine Gardasil.....Boston (ChattahBox) – The CDC has stated that 25% of teen girls in the U.S. have receive the cervical cancer vaccine Gardasil.

Gardasil was approved back in June 2006 by the FDA, and protects girls against four strains of the human papillomavirus (HPV).

HPV is the leading cause of cervical cancer.  The vaccine also prevents genital warts.

The vaccine is most effective before girls become sexually active, and is given in 3 shots.

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has found that 25% of teen girls between 13 and 17 have received at least 1 of the shots.

The eventual goal is to get the coverage rate up to 90% among teen girls.


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