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Mich. Could Require Vaccine for Sexually Transmitted Virus

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Michigan girls entering 6th grade next year would have to be vaccinated against the sexually transmitted human papilloma virus, under a bill introduced in the state Senate by a bipartisan group of female lawmakers.

The bill’s sponsor, Sen. Beverly Hammerstrom, a Republican, believes it would be the first such law in the nation. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved the vaccine in June for use in girls and women ages 9 to 26. The vaccine protects against some strains of the human papilloma virus, which can cause cervical cancer and genital warts.

The lawmakers reasoned that 6th grade is a good time for the vaccination because students already must receive tetanus and hepatitis immunizations by then. Government and advocacy groups have urged the vaccination before girls enter middle school.

Vol. 26, Issue 04, Page 26

Published in Print: September 20, 2006, as Mich. Could Require Vaccine for Sexually Transmitted Virus
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