Very few U.S. states mandate recommended HPV vaccine

Brajtbord administers a shot of gardasil, a Human Papillomavirus vaccine, to a 14-year old patient in DallasBy Kathryn Doyle (Reuters Health) – Only Virginia, Rhode Island and Washington D.C. have laws requiring kids to have the human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine to attend school, according to a new study. “Support for the vaccination has consistently emphasized recently that this should be treated like any other vaccination,” Jason L. Schwartz of Princeton University in New Jersey told Reuters Health by phone. “We find that the public health community is not following its own good advice, there are clear differences compared to these other vaccines,” he said.

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