WPR News
10:25 am
Wed April 4, 2007

HPV Vaccine Now Here and Free to WY Girls

Laramie, WY – A new vaccine has been added to the state's 7-month-old Wyoming vaccinates important people or WYVIP program, which offers vaccines free to any child of Wyoming residents. It's the vaccine for H-P-V, or human papilloma virus, which can cause cervical cancer. Andrea Clement Johnson manages the state's immunization outreach program. She says current legislative funding levels make it possible to offer the free vaccine to girls ages 9 to 18. Health experts recommend vaccinating girls around the ages of 11 or 12, especially before they're sexually active, since HPV is contracted sexually. Clement-Johnson says it's a rare opportunity to be vaccinated against a type of cancer, and she hopes Wyomingites will take advantage of it.