Green card seekers won't have to get HPV vaccine

November 16, 2009 9:05:36 AM PST
Immigrant girls and women will no longer have to be vaccinated against a sexually transmitted virus to get their green cards. Girls and women seeking to become legal permanent U.S. residents were required to get at least the first dose of the vaccine against the human papilloma virus. A coalition of immigrant, health and women advocates worked to get the July 2008 reversed.

Starting Dec. 14, the HPV vaccine will no longer be on the list of immunizations immigrants must receive before getting their green card. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention made the change on Friday.

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