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Parents reject vaccine that protects against cancer

Parents may not want to think about their child being sexually active. But in the case of the vaccine for human papillomaviruses (HPV), the issue isn’t whether or not a child is sexually active now—it’s whether or not they will be protected in the future. Even though the HPV vaccine is one of the only vaccines that prevents cancer, fewer than 50 percent of adolescent girls in California were fully vaccinated against HPV in 2011. Vastly fewer boys are protected.