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New Cervical Cancer Vaccine Slowly Making Its Way into Arkansas

SEPTEMBER 12, 2006 - Posted at 4:06 p.m. CDT

 

LITTLE ROCK, AR - A new vaccine for cervical cancer is slowly making its way into Arkansas.  The vaccine Gardasil, made by Merck, was approved in early June for use in girls as young as nine and up to age 26.  Dr. Janet Titus, a family practice physician in Fayetteville, said her clinic has given the vaccine to about ten to 20 patients so far.  And the Women's Clinic at the University of Arkansas in Fayetteville has made the vaccine available.

The state Department of Health and Human Services won't get its supply of Gardasil until the federal government finalizes its contract with Merck.  Arkansas uses federal funds to purchase its vaccines.  Gardasel is expected to cost about $100 per shot for the three-shot course.  But girls who are uninsured or underinsured would be eligible for the vaccine free.

(Copyright 2006 by The Associated Press.  All Rights Reserved.)

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