Californian women 'embracing HPV vaccine'

A quarter of adolescent girls in California have started the series of shots that protect against human papillomavirus - which is linked to cervical cancer - less than two years after the HPV vaccine was approved as routine for girls aged 11 and older.

In addition, a majority of teenagers, parents and young women in California say they would like to have the vaccine, according to Center for Health Policy Research at the University of California, Los Angeles.

The study indicates that the vaccine - which some groups have expressed efficacy concerns about – is being embraced by the US public.

Some 76 per cent of teen girls aged 13 to 17 and 60 percent of young adult women aged 18 to 26 reported an interest in getting the HPV vaccine themselves.

Meanwhile, 57 per cent of parents of age-eligible girls said they were interested in getting the HPV vaccine for their daughters.

Dr David Grant, lead author of the policy brief, said: "For so many teens and young women to be vaccinated or to suggest interest in vaccination in such a short time suggests very few barriers to acceptance."

There are more than 100 different strains of HPV, which can affect the skin and the moist membranes lining the mouth, throat, cervix and anus.ADNFCR-2094-ID-19036459-ADNFCR