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Youths now required only two shots for HPV

Teens can now take less doses of the HPV vaccine. (Source: WALB) Teens can now take less doses of the HPV vaccine. (Source: WALB)
Dr. Charles Ruis, DPH District Health Director (Source: WALB) Dr. Charles Ruis, DPH District Health Director (Source: WALB)
For southwest Georgia, HPV infection rates have fallen. (Source: WALB) For southwest Georgia, HPV infection rates have fallen. (Source: WALB)
ALBANY, GA (WALB) -

Teens can now take less doses of the HPV vaccine. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention now recommends only two HPV shots for adolescents between ages 11 and 12 years old.

Previously, the organization required a series of three injections, but new research shows that two shots prevents HPV cancer.

HPV is a sexually transmitted virus that causes cervical cancer.

For southwest Georgia, HPV infection rates have fallen.

"We're very proud of public health in Southwest Georgia. Our department works very hard to provide immunizations to the public and in fact some of our departments have really set the standard for the entire state, said Dr. Charles Ruis, DPH District Health Director.

The state provides affordable HPV vaccines.

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