By: Hannah Hynes-Petty
28 October 2010
Ask and you shall receive.
The Health Clinic received a shipment of the vaccine for Human Pappillomavirus (HPV) earlier this month after Gail Hacker, a doctor at the facility, enrolled in a program to receive the medicine.
Shots of Gardasil cost $10 each and will require a series of three injections.
Almost 20 million Americans are currently infected with genital HPV, as reported by the Immunization Action Coalition. Another six million people are infected each year.
According to Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, HPV is the most common sexually transmitted disease in America.
HPV is normally spread through sexual contact and can cause cervical cancer in women. It is the second-leading cause of cancer deaths in women around the world. In the United States, about 10,000 women get cervical cancer every year and about 4,000 are expected to die from it, says the IAC.
In most cases, cervical cancer can be prevented with Gardasil.
LCC received a free shipment of the Human Papillomavirus vaccine from the state.
The vaccine is marketed at $120, though three doses over six months are required, totaling $360.
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