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Donation to fund HPV vaccines for youth
Bakersfield Californian

A donation from a local television news station will allow San Joaquin Community Hospital’s Children’s Mobile Immunization Program to offer free vaccinations against the human papillomavirus (HPV) to about 40 underinsured youth.

The clinic already offers the vaccination, but can only give it to adolescents who have no insurance, said Kira Wiggins, director of The Wellness Center at the hospital. At about $370 per a series of three shots, the $15,000 grant from KERO Channel 23, Azteca Bakersfield and the Scripps Howard Foundation will cover the vaccinations for a few dozen youth.

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