The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released a study claiming that 25% of girls ages 13-17 have received the new vaccine against cervical cancer. The results are based on 3,000 girls between 13-17.
The Merck vaccine, Gardasil, is a series of three shots to guard against HPV, a sexually transmitted disease. The vaccine protects against the strains of HPV that cause about 70% of cervical cancer, and health officials recommend girls get the shot around ages 11 or 12 and definitely before they become sexually active.
Advocates for the vaccine had been hoping for higher vaccination rates, but some officials say they are happy with the current rate.
The vaccine is expensive, about $375, but many insurance companies are covering it now. How important is it to you to get this vaccination?