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FRIDAY, JUNE 22, 2007

State to offer HPV vaccine in fall, but on smaller scale

MONTGOMERY (AP)— State Health Officer Don Williamson says plans are still on for the state to offer a cervical cancer-prevention vaccine to girls and young women, but the project will be drastically scaled back because of funding.

Health officials had hoped to receive $4 million from the Legislature in order to offer the vaccine for the human papillomavirus, or HPV, to at least 10,000 Alabama girls and teens.

The virus is linked to most cases of cervical cancer and the money would have allowed the state to provide it to females ages 11-19 who donít qualify for the federally funded Vaccines for Children program, are uninsured or canít get it through their doctors or other avenues.

The health departmentís overall budget was increased — by $5 million from the Education Trust Fund Budget and $2.48 million from the state General Fund — for the 2008 fiscal year that begins Oct. 1.

But Williamson said that was far short of the amount needed for projects like the vaccine offering and starting an Infant Mortality Review Board.

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