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Chicago sees steep increase in HPV vaccine rates for teens

August 3, 2015

CHICAGO (AP) — Chicago public health officials say there’s been a record increase in the percentage of teens who have received the HPV vaccine.

The Chicago Department of Public Health says 78.1 percent of Chicago females received the first vaccine dose during 2014. That’s up from 57.6 percent in 2013. Department officials say 52.6 percent of Chicago females received all three doses in 2014, up from 36.5 percent in 2013.

For males, the department says 64.9 percent received the first HPV vaccine dose in 2014. That’s up from 45.8 percent in 2013. And 26.1 percent received all three doses in 2014, up from 18.5 percent in 2013.

The vaccine protects against common forms of the virus, some of which can cause cancer. The increases come after the department started a new effort to improve vaccination rates.