The Centers for Disease Prevention and Control recommends that all teenagers between 13 and 17 get vaccinated for the human papilloma virus (HPV), which can cause cervical cancer. But in New Jersey, only 48 percent of adolescent girls have been inoculated. The rate is even lower for boys -- 35.5 percent.
The government recommends that every adolescent should be vaccinated three times, but the rate of compliance with this suggestion is even lower: 34.5 percent for girls; 21.2 percent for boys.
The low rates of vaccination puts New Jersey in the same group as Mississippi, Tennessee, Kansas, and Missouri.