Kids 11-12 need just two doses of cancer vaccine

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said two doses of HPV vaccine in "younger adolescents produced an immune response similar or higher than the response in young adults who received three doses," which could encourage more vaccinationsKids aged 11-12 should get only two doses of a vaccine to prevent cancers caused by human papillomavirus, instead of the previously recommended three shots, US health authorities said Thursday. The updated recommendation from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is based on research that shows younger adolescents can get similar protection that way, and may be more likely to get vaccinated if fewer shots are required. HPV is a common sexually transmitted infection that can cause cancers of the head, neck, cervix, penis and anus.

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