As reported today in an article in the Post-Gazette.com, in an almost unanimous decision, the Allegheny County Board of Health today rejected to mandate the HPV vaccine for kids to stay in school.
From the article:
The HPV vaccine, approved by the Food and Drug Administration in 2006 for girls and in 2009 for boys, includes three shots over six months and is meant to protect against genital warts, throat and mouth infections, and a host of cancers. The virus is a sexually transmitted disease and affects nearly 80 million people in the United States, according to data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.ADVERTISEMENT
Following CDC guidelines, the mandate would have required 11- and 12-year-olds to receive all three doses of the HPV vaccine by seventh grade.
Health officials had raised the issue because of the county’s low vaccination rate for HPV.
This is a great victory for parental choice and hopefully a roadmap for success in other states to fight against mandatory vaccination laws.
Jessica Fitzgerald of Baldwin said. “I believe that the [idea of a mandate] will keep coming but we will keep fighting.”
Keep up the fight!