A new study may help alleviate concerns parents have about allowing their teenage girls to get the HPV vaccine.
Researchers at Kaiser Permanente looked at nearly 14-hundred girls -- some of whom received gardasil, the vaccine that protects against the sexually transmitted human papilloma virus. some have suggested the vaccine may lead to an increase in sexual activity.
those who received the shot were no more likely than other girls to get pregnant, acquire other s-t-d's or ask a doctor for birth control.
the vaccine is recommended for girls -and boys- as young as 11.
the vaccine came out in 2006. by 2010, fewer than half of girls eligible for the shots had received it.