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Illinois sees low HPV vaccine rate for teen girls

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CHICAGO (Associated Press) -

Illinois ranks nearly last among states for its rate of girls who get recommended shots for a sexually transmitted virus that can cause cervical cancer.

That's the word from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, which released a report Thursday on 2012 vaccination rates.

About 21% of Illinois girls ages 13 to 17 got the recommended three doses of vaccine to prevent human papillomavirus, or HPV.

Only Arkansas and Mississippi had lower rates. The Illinois rate represents a decline from the previous year when 34% of girls got fully vaccinated for HPV.

Chicago's HPV vaccination rates were higher than the rest of the state. Nearly 38% of Chicago girls got the HPV shots. The rate in the rest of Illinois was about 17%.

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