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Vincent Iannelli, M.D.

New HPV Vaccine Mandate

By April 20, 2012

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The first HPV vaccine mandate didn't go so well.

Governor Rick Perry signed an executive order in 2007 that created a mandate for 6th grade girls in Texas to get the HPV vaccine. As most people know, Texas legislators quickly passed a law to override his order.

Lawmakers in South Carolina recently approved a bill with an HPV mandate that should be a little more popular. Instead of mandating that teens get the HPV vaccine, it simply requires the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control to provide educational brochures about HPV and the HPV vaccine to parents of students entering the 7th grade.

If passed, the HPV education bill in South Carolina would join similar laws in Washington, North Dakota, North Carolina, and Michigan.

While the ACIP recommends that all 11-12 year olds, boys and girls, get vaccinated against HPV, there is plenty of misinformation out there that sometimes keeps that from happening.

According to the CDC, "Human papillomavirus (HPV) is the most common sexually transmitted virus in the United States. At least 50% of sexually active people will have genital HPV at some time in their lives." However you feel about the HPV vaccine, getting more information about HPV and the vaccines that can help prevent your kids from getting HPV, has to be a good thing.

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