Rhode Island move to mandate HPV vaccine in schools faces criticism

By John Larrabee PROVIDENCE, R.I. (Reuters) – When Rhode Island seventh graders start school next month, the state’s Department of Health will require they be vaccinated against the sexually transmitted human papillomavirus, over the protests of parent groups. The state follows Virginia and the District of Columbia in requiring the HPV vaccine for school children, along with vaccinations for mumps, measles, polio and other diseases. Rhode Island’s move comes almost a decade after an arm of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in 2006 recommended the vaccine for all girls aged 11 to 12, a recommendation it has since extended to boys of the same age.
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