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Bill to repeal mandatory HPV vaccine tabled

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Posted at 7:53 PM, Feb 27, 2012
and last updated 2012-02-27 22:21:22-05

A bill that would have repealed a law that required sixth grade girls to get the human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine, was tabled until next year’s General Assembly session.

The bill, HB 1112, was introduced by Kathy J. Byron.

The decision came on the same day that the American Academy of Pediatrics recommended both girls and boys 11 and 12 years old get the vaccine, to protect them from HPV, considered one of the most common sexually transmitted diseases.

HPV is medically proven to lead to cervical and oral cancers. The group recommended boys 11 and 12 be immunized against human papilloma virus to help prevent cancers and genital warts.

The recommendation is published in the March issue of “Pediatrics.”

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