Vaccines; Women's Health
Legislation introduced by two members of the District of Columbia Council on January 9, 2007 would require all girls to be vaccinated against the human papillomavirus (HPV), the primary cause of cervical cancer, by the time they enter the sixth grade, unless a parent or guardian specifically "opts out" of the mandate. A similar bill was introduced last week in Virginia, and Maryland and West Virginia are poised to consider legislation. To place the proposals in a broader context, this paper reviews some of the scientific, legal, ethical and financial issues surrounding the HPV vaccine and compulsory vaccinations.
Stewart, A. (2007). HPV vaccination: Should it be recommended or required? Washington, D.C.: George Washington University, School of Public Health and Health Services, Rapid Public Health Policy Response Project; Jacobs Institute of Women's Health.