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HPV Vaccination Rates Low in North Dakota

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The state of North Dakota struggles to get children and teens immunized against HPV.

A representative from the North Dakota Health Department says overall immunization rates in the state are comparable to the rest of the country.

But, she says the state needs to improve HPV vaccination rates.

Right now 30 percent of North Dakota females ages 13 to 15 have been vaccinated for HPV.

The U.S. Department of Health's HPV vaccination goal for 2020 is 80 percent.

"Rwanda and other countries have done a good job vaccinating against HPV and have rates over 90 percent. And, so the fact that we're only 30 percent in North Dakota you can look to other countries and know that it's possible to have high rates against HPV. We just need to do a better job of vaccinating," says Immunization Program Manager for the North Dakota Department of Health Molly Howell.

The vaccine isrecommendedd for boys and girls starting at age 11.

HPV can cause cervical cancer.

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