- Associated Press - Sunday, June 15, 2014

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) - Health officials will address the state of immunization in North Dakota at an upcoming conference in Bismarck.

The conference will address vaccine storage and handling, vaccine-preventable diseases in North Dakota and updated vaccine recommendations. Officials are also expected to emphasize strategies on how to increase immunization rates across the state.

The Bismarck Tribune (http://bit.ly/1lD4l7Y ) reports the conference begins July 15 and is expected to attract at least 200 people.

A keynote presentation will focus on the low vaccination rates in the state of human papillomavirus, or HPV. The newspaper reports that only about 41 percent of the target demographic is vaccinated. The vaccine can help prevent cervical cancer.

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