When it comes to state-mandated vaccines, you can lead a horse to water, but you can’t make that horse (or in this case, Americans) take the vaccine.
The issue of whether to mandate the HPV vaccine has spurred debate for years.
Some have argued the vaccine may increase sexual activity among adolescents, or that it counters messages of abstinence education.
Advertisement Until now in Rhode Island, the HPV vaccine was the only immunization recommended by the federal government but not required for school attendance.
As with all required immunizations, Rhode Island parents can exempt their children from the HPV vaccine by signing a form.
It took until 2010 for the CDC to give the OK for 11-to 12-year-old boys to start receiving the vaccine as well. C., and the varicella vaccine was required in 38 states and D. While the HPV vaccine has been successful in cutting down the rate of infection, it hasn’t been easy to get Americans on board to vaccinate their pre-teens.
According to CDC data, less than half of girls and even fewer boys had completed the three dose series of shots in 2013.State and local vaccination requirements for daycare and school entry are important tools for maintaining high vaccination coverage rates, and in turn, lower rates of vaccine-preventable diseases (VPDs).State laws establish vaccination requirements for school children.But Rhode Island health officials have held firm, believing they can increase the HPV vaccination rate in a state that already boasts the highest rate in the nation.“Our goal is that, over time, parents will become comfortable and familiar with the benefits of this vaccine,” said Dr.Nicole Alexander-Scott, Rhode Island’s health director. She noted that the hepatitis B vaccine, given to babies, also protects against a sexually transmitted disease.We asked experts to weigh in on the question: "Should the HPV vaccine be mandatory for girls ages 11 to 12 in the United States? " Here are their responses: Arthur Caplan, bioethicist at the University of Pennsylvania: "Yes.Tags: Adult Dating, affair dating, sex dating