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CDC says HPV vaccine lowers infection rates in teen girls

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A new study shows in just seven years, the HPV vaccine has been responsible for drastically lowering the number of cases of HPV in young women.

The study, found in the June issue of "The Journal of Infectious Diseases" shows that since the vaccine came out in 2006, HPV has decreased 56 percent among teenage girls between the ages of 14-19.

The CDC believes the report shows the vaccine works well, but only one-third of girls aged 13-17 have been fully vaccinated. In the U.S. alone about 19,000 cancers caused by HPV occur in women each year. The most common is cervical cancer.

This is why CDC director Dr. Tom Frieden urges parents to get their daughters the vaccine.

"There are a lot of misconceptions about HPV vaccination. Some parents think they don't want to get their daughters vaccinated because they're not yet sexually active. Well, we don't wait until people are exposed to an infection to protect them, we protect them well in advance. We don't wait until a kid gets exposed to measles to vaccinate them against measles. Vaccination against HPV is so important, it prevents cancer. Don't wait. Get your kids vaccinated on time."

HPV can lead to cancer in men as well, and in 2011 the CDC began recommending the HPV shot for boys over the age of 11.

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