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D.C. To Assess Low HPV Completion Rates Among Students

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The vaccine is shown to protect against the types of HPV that cause most cervical cancers, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Of the more than 1,100 sixth-grade girls in D.C. this year, just 87 have completed their three shots. Almost twice that number have begun -- but not completed -- the series. And more than five times that number have not had any shots and not submitted waivers asking to "opt out" of the program.

Dr. LaQuandra Nesbitt with the D.C. Department of Health says students recieve information when they register for school, and they haven't looked into why students aren't completing the series.

She says all this while they've focused on parental outreach. Now the health department will begin evaluating the program to see if it needs to shift strategy.

"Part of that evaulation will help us determine whether or not it's effective to do an outreach program targeted just at the adolescent girls for whom the vaccine is required in addition to their parents," Nesbitt says.

Those findings should be available by the beginning of the next academic year.

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Collards And Canoodling: How Helen Gurley Brown Promoted Premarital Cooking

The legendary Cosmo editor, subject of two new biographies, knew sex sells – and food brings in ad money. She cannily combined them with features like "After Bed, What? (a light snack for an encore)."
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Collards And Canoodling: How Helen Gurley Brown Promoted Premarital Cooking

The legendary Cosmo editor, subject of two new biographies, knew sex sells – and food brings in ad money. She cannily combined them with features like "After Bed, What? (a light snack for an encore)."
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The Legality Of Restoring Virginia Voting Rights

Virginia's governor is bypassing the commonwealth's Supreme Court ruling and restoring felon voting rights individually. Kojo examines Terry McAuliffe's move with a legal expert.

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Sun-Powered Airplane Completes Historic Trip Around The World

"This is not only a first in the history of aviation; it's before all a first in the history of energy," Swiss pilot Bertrand Piccard says. His plane flew more than 26,700 miles without using fuel.

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