Some Utah clinics not offering HPV vaccine

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — The public health director for five southwest Utah counties says the department's clinics do not offer the vaccine for the human papillomavirus, or HPV, because of high costs and low demand.

The Salt Lake Tribune reports (http://bit.ly/1d5ai6A ) the vaccine is not required but the Utah Department of Health has recommended it for preteen girls since 2006 and boys since 2011.

Southwest Public Department of Health director David Blodgett says he decided not to offer the vaccine at the clinics in Beaver, Iron, Garfield, Kane and Washington counties years ago.

He says it's too expensive and there's little public appetite in the area for the vaccine.

Blodgett says a federal program pays the cost for some patients at the clinics but the clinics still incur other costs.

Patients can still get the vaccine at private clinics.

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Information from: The Salt Lake Tribune, http://www.sltrib.com

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