CDC says HPV vaccination rates have stalled at about 50 percent

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BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (WIAT) — The search for what causes cancer has reached new heights, and government health officials want more teens to get vaccinated against a potentially deadly virus.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says only about half of teenage girls are getting the HPV vaccine.

It protects against the human papilloma virus, which is a sexually-transmitted disease and can cause cervical cancer.

According to the CDC, vaccination rates have stalled at about 50 percent.

Health officials say doctors need to convince parents the shots can be vital.

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