Medical Groups Push To Increase Texas’ HPV Vaccination Rate, One Of The Worst In The U.S.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends that all 11- and 12-year-olds get two shots of the vaccine six to 12 months apart

Only about a third of kids in Texas are getting vaccinated against the human papillomavirus (HPV), which is linked to several cancers. The state ranks 47th in the country for its vaccination rate, according to the Texas Medical Association.

"The HPV vaccine is a cancer vaccine, and Texas must get better at using it to prevent cancer here," Dr. David Lakey, vice chancellor for health affairs and chief medical officer with the University of Texas System, said Tuesday at a meeting in Austin.

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