HPV immunization plans viewed with skepticism

From the Associated Press

HARTFORD, Conn. --State health officials are expressing concern about proposed legislation that would require most girls in Connecticut's public schools to be vaccinated against the virus that causes cervical cancer.

At a hearing before a legislative committee on Wednesday, the head of the Department of Public Health's infectious disease division recommended that lawmakers delay requiring the vaccinations because of limited data on the vaccine.

Tango’s Take
This is a very tricky issue. On the one hand, this immunity would give women a chance to avoid cervical cancer brought on by HPV. The abstinence-only crowd does not want to, necessarily, protect against an STD.
However, there are also potential side effects of this immunization. Not only that, but some parents argue that only airborne communicable diseases should have mandatory booster shots. A recent vote in Kentucky went against the mandatory shot. This will be a hot-button item in a number of states.


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