Mandating hpv vaccination

11 May

Yet 10 states in the past year alone tried and failed to pass bills that would mandate the vaccine or educate parents about it, and Rhode Island’s health department continues to face backlash from state lawmakers and parents who say its mandatory vaccination of seventh-graders starting in fall 2015 amounts to executive overreach.A coalition that opposes the mandate says parents should be able to discuss sex-related issues on their terms and that the spread of HPV in particular falls outside of the school system’s purview.“You’re not going to spread it in the classroom.The issue surfaced again at a GOP presidential primary debate Monday night, when Rep.

“We have bigger problems if there’s intimate contact in the school.”The CDC says all girls and boys should be immunized against HPV, which infects an estimated 14 million Americans per year and can cause certain types of cancer.

More than a third of girls in the target middle-school age and half of boys had not been given the vaccine as of last year, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, which is shooting for a rate of 80 percent by the end of the decade. Virginia in 2008 became the first state to require schoolchildren to be vaccinated for human papillomavirus.

The District of Columbia followed suit in 2009, and Massachusetts and other states have forged ways to make the shots free to anyone who wants them, without requiring it for students.

According to the American Academy of Pediatrics, about 6 million people in the U.

S., including teens, become infected with HPV and 4,000 women die from cervical cancer every year.