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Red State, Blue State; Patterns in Immunizations Identified in Voting Outcomes

Parents in "blue states" are more likely to vaccinate their teens against Human Papillomavirus, or HPV, and other diseases, new Yale School of Public Health research demonstrates. 

In a study recently published in the American Journal of Public Health, researchers show that differences in vaccination rates can potentially reflect cultural norms and political beliefs. States that are more politically conservative, or "red states," tend to shy away from vaccines for teens, including the vaccine against HPV, a sexually transmitted disease. Blue states tend to be more socially and politically liberal.

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Published: Tuesday, September 6, 2016