Green Card Seekers Excused from HPV Vaccine

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Female immigrants seeking U.S. citizenship will no longer be required to receive the HPV vaccine beginning Dec. 14.

The controversial vaccine, also known as Gardasil, is given to young women to prevent the sexually transmitted human papillomavirus.
    
The vaccine had been required for young girls seeking U.S. Citizenship between the ages of 11 to 26. However, the Centers for Disease Control said that starting next month the vaccine will be taken off the list of required immunizations.

"More than half of the immigrants who come to the U.S. seeking opportunity are women," said Silvia Henriquez, executive director of the National Latina Institute for Reproductive Health, in a statement. "We thank the CDC for restoring their dignity and reproductive justice."
    
The vaccine has also been a problem for some Christians girls who are trying to become U.S. citizens. They say they don't need the vaccine because they are not sexually active.

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