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Cervical Cancer Vaccines Spurned by 44% of U.S. Parents

Almost half of U.S. parents say they won’t vaccinate their daughters with Merck & Co.’s Gardasil or GlaxoSmithKline Plc’s Cervarix, which prevent the sexually transmitted virus that causes cervical cancer.

Researchers analyzed data from a national survey from 2008 to 2010 on immunizations for teenagers. The proportion of parents saying they wouldn’t vaccinate their teens against the human papilloma virus rose to 44 percent in 2010 from 40 percent two years earlier, according to the report released today in the journal Pediatrics.