By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS
Published: November 16, 2009
Immigrant girls and women will no longer have to be vaccinated against a sexually transmitted virus to get their green cards. Starting Dec. 14, the human papillomavirus vaccine will no longer be on the list of immunizations female immigrants ages 11 to 26 must receive before becoming legal permanent residents. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention made the change on Friday. Girls and women seeking to become legal permanent residents were required to get at least the first dose of the HPV vaccine, which protects against some strains of the virus blamed for cervical cancer.