Human papillomavirus infections are so common that nearly all men and women will get at least one type of HPV at some point in their lives.

But fewer than 60 percent of Florida children are getting vaccinated – earning the state a “D” grade from the CDC.

A campaign is currently underway in Florida to educate parents about a childhood vaccine that can prevent cancers associated with the sexually-transmitted human papillomavirus, or HPV, in adulthood.

CDC Official: FL Lags in HPV Vaccination

Aug 12, 2014
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Public health officials lately have their hands full with exotic diseases like Ebola and Chikungunya.

But the immunization director at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention came to Tampa today with a different message. Dr. Anne Schuchat says Floridians should worry more that the state lags behind in vaccinating for cancers tied to the Human Papilloma Virus.

She says HPV infection is a major cause of cervical and other cancers. And Florida has among the nation's lowest participation rates.