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The HPV vaccine saves lives

Kirstin R.W. Matthews | Monica M. Matsumoto

The HPV vaccine saves lives.

The human papillomavirus (HPV) affects over 80 million Americans, causing more than 40,000 cases of HPV-associated cancers a year in the U.S. In 2006, the FDA licensed the first HPV vaccine, which could help save thousands of lives — however, the political controversy raised by the vaccine has limited its acceptance and use. Such resistance potentially jeopardizes an opportunity to reduce cancer rates in Texas and the broader United States.

The report below, published Oct. 6, 2014, expands on this important health issue.

The infographic, published Dec. 1, 2016, provides an update, with figures released this year by the Centers for Disease Control.