Cervical Cancer Vaccine - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

6/29/06

Cervical Cancer Vaccine

On Thursday, a CDC panel recommended giving the newly-approved cervical cancer vaccine to girls as young as 9 years old.

The government calls it a historic move in the fight against cancer. But since the vaccine, called Gardisil, also protects against HPV, which is a sexually transmitted disease, conservative groups question whether it's appropriate to give that to kids on a routine basis.

It's not a done deal yet. The CDC and the health secretary still have to give their okay, but it is significant in that this is the first time a vaccination against std's could be routinely included among childhood immunizations.

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