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HPV Vaccine Lowering Infection Rates Among Girls

Extent of protection from sexually transmitted virus higher than expected, suggesting 'herd immunity' is at work, experts say

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Doctors also play a role in the failure to achieve widespread HPV vaccination, Frieden added.

"Providers are not consistently giving strong recommendations for the vaccine, and they are not encouraging vaccination at every encounter," he said.

Frieden said the vaccine has a safe track record, with no serious long-term complications associated with it even though more than 56 million doses have been distributed in the United States.

"The time has come to ramp up our efforts to vaccinate the next generation against cancer," he concluded. "This is an anti-cancer vaccine."

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