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State Officials Unveil Campaign To Encourage HPV Vaccination

Associated Press

State officials have unveiled a new campaign to encourage parents to have their children vaccinated against human papillomavirus, which can cause cancer.

Officials say currently only 27 percent of Kentucky 13- to 17-year-old girls have received the recommended three doses of the vaccine, and 19 percent of boys have received one dose. The state hopes to increase vaccination rates by 25 percent under an initiative launched last year.

The campaign unveiled Monday features television, radio and print advertisements promoting the benefits of the HPV vaccine. The vaccine is recommended for 11- and 12-year-old boys and girls to prevent infection.

The campaign is funded through a $500,000 grant from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

For more information, visit http://Stophpv.ky.gov .