In an analysis of data from the Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System, researchers found that women aged 18 to 26 who live in the South had lower rates of human papillomavirus vaccine initiation and completion compared with those who live in the Northeast and the Midwest/West. Across the nation, an average of 28% of young women said they started receiving the shots, while 17% reported completing the recommended three-dose series. The findings appear in the journal Vaccine.

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