CDC: 49% of girls get HPV vaccines


August 25, 2011 2:07:55 PM PDT
Only about one half of the teenage girls in the US have rolled up their sleeves for a controversial vaccine against cervical cancer.

According to theCenter for Disease Control and Prevention, just 49 percent of girls had gotten at least the first dose of the three-shot HPV vaccine. It's aimed at preventing against the Human Papillomavirus, a sexually transmitted bug that can cause cervical cancer and genital warts.

The reason for the low rate? Some experts think one explanation is that parents are uneasy with the sexual issues associated with the vaccine.