- Associated Press - Sunday, August 16, 2015

BURLINGTON, Vt. (AP) - The Vermont Department of Health says not enough Vermont teens are fully vaccinated against human papilloma virus - a sexually transmitted disease that can lead to cancer later.

The Health Department says 50 percent of teen girls and 70 percent of teen boys are not fully vaccinated against HPV.

Three doses of the vaccine are needed over six months for someone to be fully protected.

Christine Finley, immunization program manager for the Vermont Department of Health, said Friday that HPV is a very common infection, especially among teens and young adults. She says because the vaccine is more effective when given at a younger age, it is recommended for all boys and girls between 11 and 12 years old.

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