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Opting Out

When Australian schoolgirls between the ages of 12-16 in New South Wales were offered free Gardasil vaccinations, about 23 percent of the girls opted out of receiving the vaccine. While a NSW Health spokeswoman says that the rate of girls participating is "high for a new program with a three dose schedule," others…

Sticky Situations

Two girls have died after being injected with Gardasil, the drug intended to protect against HPV and cervical cancer. The causes of the deaths, which occurred in Germany and Austria, are unknown and not necessarily connected to the vaccine, but the European Medicines Agency monitors those injected. Nicholas Kitchin,…