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Washington Making Effort to Make HPV Vaccine Readily Available

OLYMPIA- The state is trying to provide better access for women who need the Human Papillomavirus vaccine.

State officials are making sure they can meet the demand for the HPV vaccine as some states push to make it mandatory.

Texas is trying to make the vaccine mandatory for all sixth graders, Washington won't go that far, but they are making sure there's enough for every girl in the state.

The vaccine prevents human papilloma virus, the cause of most cases of cervical cancer.

It also prevents the spread of the disease, that's why many doctors say it needs to be easy to get.

Doctors say the best time to give the vaccine is sometime around middle school.

It wouldn't be required or limited to certain ages, they just want to make sure it's available to anyone who wants it.

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