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Free HPV vaccine available

Posted: Feb 12, 2010 12:50 PM
Updated: Feb 15, 2010 2:33 PM

GLYNN COUNTY, GA (WTOC) - The Human Papillomavirus (HPV) causes cervical cancer and is found in 8 out of 10 women.

The vaccine, Gardasil, is normally $160 per dose; however, the Coastal Health District will be offering the vaccine free of charge to non-pregnant women between 19 and 26 years of age through September of this year.

The program is open to women on Medicaid or Medicare in addition those without insurance that would normally cover Gardasil.

There is an administrative fee of $14. However, no one will be turned away due to an inability to pay.

"We are thrilled to be able to offer the HPV vaccine at no charge to women who qualify for this program," said Marianne Pappas, Coastal Health District Immunization Coordinator in an official release. "When a woman gets the HPV vaccine she significantly lowers her chance of getting cervical cancer. But until now, many women couldn't afford to get the vaccine."

The vaccine, said to be safe and effective by the Coastal Health District, is administered in a series of three doses. Women who have already taken one or two doses may still qualify for any remaining treatments under the program.

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