House Passes Vaccine Bill

February 5, 2007

The bill would require girls to get vaccinated against HPV, which causes cervical cancer, but would give parents the choice to review the information about the vaccine and opt out.

The bill would require girls entering the sixth grade to receive a vaccine for HPV, which can be sexually transmitted. The bill passed the House 80-17.

Exemptions already exist for parents who object for medical or religious reasons. The Senate passed a similar bill on Friday.

About 99 percent of cervical cancer cases are linked to the virus, according to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

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