Bismarck-Burleigh Public Health announces HPV prevention campaign

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BISMARCK, N.D. - Bismarck-Burleigh Public Health is starting an education campaign to increase the amount of kids getting the HPV vaccination at a younger age.

HPV, or Human papillomavirus, is a group of viruses that include some that cause cervical cancer in women and mouth/throat cancer in men.

Bismarck-Burleigh Public Health received a grant from the North Dakota Department of Health. The program will focus on kids 11 to 17 years old.

Bismarck-Burleigh Public Health says they want 11-12-year-olds to get vaccinated because the body responds better at that age.

“If we give it young, between 11 and 12, adolescents only need two doses of the vaccine separated by six months. If they wait until they are 15 and older, they need three doses,” said Health Services Program Coordinator Betsy Kanz.

According to the CDC, there are more than 30,000 new HPV-related cancer cases each year. Kanz says the goal is to increase the vaccination rate in Bismarck and Burleigh county to 70 percent.

Bismarck-Burleigh Public Health has two immunization clinics at their office each week. For more information, call 701-355-1540.