One hundred percent. Total success. That’s the goal of a new program aimed at increasing the number of children, teens and young adults who receive the human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccination.

MU’s Ellis Fischel Cancer Center is one of four health care hospitals nationwide working with Texas-based MD Anderson Cancer Center on the Moon Shots program. The program was launched in 2012 in Texas with the ambition to improve cancer prevention, early detection and treatment across the country. August was the official kickoff for MU’s part in the project.

HPV statistics

This graphic shows how an HPV infection can affect your body.

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