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Britain begins cancer vaccination program

LONDON, Sept. 4 (UPI) -- Britain has started a nationwide program to inoculate girls against strains of human papilloma virus that can cause cervical cancer.

Some parents have complained that the vaccination program -- which will initially target 600,000 girls starting at age 12 --- could put their daughters at risk of extreme reactions or make them more inclined to have sex at an early age, the Times of London reported Thursday.

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The vaccine advisory group Jabs said worried parents have contacted the group with their concerns.

"There is a number of questions we want answered, such as how will the vaccine affect prepubescent girls? There have been only very limited trials. A large number of adverse reactions was reported in the U.S. for the drug they use, such as collapsing, seizures and paralysis," spokeswoman Jackie Fletcher told the newspaper.

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