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HPV vaccination numbers 'unacceptably low'

CINCINNATI (WKRC) -- A new study released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) shows low rates of vaccination against the human papillomavirus (HPV).

According to the CDC report, HPV vaccination rates for adolescent boys and girls in the US remains unacceptably low, despite a small increase since 2012.

HPV is the most common sexually transmitted infection. According to the CDC it causes about 19,000 cancers in women, with cervical cancer the most common.

But men are not immune. The CDC says HPV causes about 8,000 cancers in men.

Despite the disturbing numbers, the CDC's report says only 57% of girls and 35% of boys received one or more doses of the vaccine.


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