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January 25, 2007

HPV Vaccine May Become Mandatory for 6th Graders

The Virginia House has passed a bill that would require all girls entering the 6th grade to receive Gardasil, the new HPV vaccine marketed by Merck Pharmaceuticals. HPV is known to lead to cervical cancer and is highly preventable.

If passed by the General Assembly, the legislation would take effect Oct. 1, 2008. But because schools open before October, it wouldn't have a significant impact until the summer of 2009, when students in public and private schools get their vaccinations. ... That gives additional time to make sure there aren't problems with the vaccine.

What do you think? Should the HPV vaccine be mandatory for young girls or should each family decide for themselves? Write an opinion on this topic!

Bill would require vaccines against HPV for all girls

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