CDC panel backs cervical cancer vaccinations for girls

06/29/2006 | Washington Post, The · Wall Street Journal, The

The CDC's Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices gave unanimous approval to 11- and 12-year-old girls receiving Merck's Gardasil as part of a routine vaccination schedule for children and adolescents. The panel also said girls as young as 9 could receive the vaccine and females between 13 and 26 should be vaccinated. In addition, the panel voted to add the vaccine to a federal program that provides vaccines at no cost for low-income and uninsured children up to age 19.

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