HPV vaccines like Guardasil have proven affective against about 70 percent of the HPV strains that are linked to cervical cancer. Kentuckyï¿½s cervical cancer rate is among the highest in the country, especially in the mountains of Eastern Kentucky. Rates there are more than a third higher than the U.S. average -- higher than reported rates in Pakistan, Afghanistan and China, reports the Courier-Journal. Death rates in the Appalachian regions of Kentucky are also much higher than the national average.
"We're protecting our young women with this vaccine. I've got faith in this vaccine. I've encouraged my daughters and granddaughters and great-granddaughters to get vaccinated," said State Rep. Tom Burch, D-Louisville, a co-sponsor of the bill, according to the Courier-Journal.
Media Resources: Courier Journal 2/17/08, 2/21/08; Medical News Today 2/25/08