Proposed Bill Could Require New Vaccination For Middle School Girls

By: Jenna Emenhiser Email
By: Jenna Emenhiser Email

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports that the human papillomavirus affects about 20 million people and some strains of the virus can cause cervical cancer. Now a bill proposed this week in the state legislature could require all middle schools girls to be vaccinated against HPV.

Gardasil is known as the HPV vaccine which could prevent cervical cancer and may soon be required for all middle school girls in Kentucky.

"I would want my daughter to take it if it's gonna keep her from getting cancer sometime in her life, then I would want her to take it," said Janet Sandlin.

"It prevents 85 percent of cervical cancers and 90 percent of HPV," said Nurse Practitioner Marti Feltner.

Marti Feltner works in the medical field and is a mother and she says she wants her daughters vaccinated.

"You can try everything you can to keep them safe and this vaccine is one of the things to do that," Feltner said.

Feltner says cervical cancer rates in Kentucky are higher than average, but she says this vaccine could reduce cancer rates greatly.

"Its common sense and something they really need to learn and this age its preventative and they'll know what to expect," said Barbara Muncy.

"I haven't had it, but I would like to have it if it was more affordable for me and my insurance would cover some of it," said Meghan Hackney.

Those opposed to the bill say the measure overrides parent's rights and could encourage sexual activity, but Feltner doesn't think so.

"We're already vaccinating for Hepatitis B which is a sexually transmitted disease, why would we not go ahead and protect our kids from HPV as well, something that can kill them as an early age," Feltner said.

Whether you’re for or against the vaccination, soon Kentucky's government may make that decision for you.

Gardasil was approved this past summer by the Federal Drug Administration.

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