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'It’s not just a girl problem': When offering HPV vaccine, doctors advised to focus on cancer prevention

'It’s not just a girl problem': When offering HPV vaccine, doctors advised to focus on cancer prevention

In her children’s pediatrician’s office two years ago, Lockport mother Kelly DiFilippo declined the HPV vaccine for her oldest daughter, and “no one batted an eye,” she said.

But when it was time for her second daughter’s sixth-grade physical last winter, DiFilippo’s refusal of the vaccine was met with a different reaction from the same doctor.

“My pediatrician said, ‘I really want you to think about this,’” DiFilippo said. “She really kind of put the pressure on me.”

As HPV vaccination rates continue to lag behind other, less controversial immunizations, medical experts are urging pediatricians to stress the importance of the vaccine just as strongly as they do other...

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