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New Approach to Promoting HPV Vaccinations

Health experts have a new strategy to get more young people vaccinated against HPV—don’t talk about sex.

Human papillomavirus, which is transmitted sexually, can cause at least six types of cancer as well as genital warts. The vaccine is recommended for boys and girls at age 11 or 12 and is also given at other ages. But the number of teens and preteens who have been vaccinated, which requires a series of three shots over six months, is far below inoculation rates for other adolescent vaccines.

Public-health officials also are considering changing the guidelines to reduce the number of shots, to two from three, that are needed in younger people for HPV immunization. The federal…

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