Public Health Groups Push To Improve HPV Vaccination Rates

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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