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Just under half of American teenage girls have gotten even one dose of the human papilloma virus (HPV) vaccine, a new Centers for Disease Control (CDC) report says, and only one-third have received all three doses required to establish immunity against the sexually-transmitted virus, which can cause cervical cancer.

A CDC doctor told The Associated Press that the low vaccination rates are "very disappointing," especially considering that around two-thirds of girls have received other recommended vaccines, including meningitis, tetanus, whooping cough, and diphtheria.  The CDC's Dr. Melinda Wharton attributed the low HPV vaccination rate to the expense of the shot, plus poor public education about its value and intention