State cuts HPV vaccinations over cost

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The state of Vermont is no longer subsidizing human papillomavirus vaccinations for women over 19 because the latest round of budget cuts eliminated some of the funding.

Lawmakers in Montpelier were told Tuesday that $20 million in cuts to this year’s state budget reduced funding for vaccinations.

State Health Commissioner Wendy Davis says the cut forced curtailment of a program aimed at helping older women get the vaccination for HPV, a leading cause of cervical cancer in women.

She says vaccinations will continue, but that the HPV portion will focus on women younger than 19.

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