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Schools Recommend Students Get HPV Vaccine

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KENNEWICK, Wash.-- The Kennewick School District is sending home a list of vaccine recommendations with student report cards this month and one shot on the list is the HPV vaccine.

The vaccine protects against the spread of the HPV virus, which can lead to cervical cancer.

The state require schools to inform parents that the HPV shot is recommended for girls and boys ages 9 to 26.

"That's when the vaccine is going to make a difference. So it's more just informing parents and they can make that as a personal choice on whether or not that's something they would want for their kids," said Jeanne Bakker, Kennewick School District nurse.

The vaccine is not required for students to attend school, like other shots are, it's just a recommendation the state urges parents to consider.