Vaccine That Prevents Cervical Cancer Now Available For Girls

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The human papillomavirus vaccine and a vaccine that protects young children against rotavirus are now available at no cost to children in our state.

The two new vaccines give parents the ability to protect their children against two potentially serious diseases.

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"We must do what we can to keep our children safe and healthy," said Governor Chris Gregoire. "Parents now have a very effective tool to help protect their daughters from a disease that can cause cervical cancer."

The Washington State Department of Health's Universal Childhood Vaccine program uses state and federal funding to buy recommended vaccines for children from birth through 18 years. Governor Gregoire included funding for the two vaccines in the new state budget passed by the legislature in late April. Working with local health departments, the state Department of Health began taking orders for HPV vaccine in early May and it is now becoming available.

"The HPV vaccine is a major breakthrough for women's health and cancer prevention," said Secretary of Health Mary Selecky. "HPV is very common. This vaccine prevents four types of it

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