Bill requiring sharing of info about HPV vaccine resurfaces

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An issue that was highly controversial a couple of years ago, but has faded recently, returns in a bill before the Senate Health Regulation Committee on Wednesday. The measure (SB 1116), sponsored by Sen. Thad Altman, requires that schools provide the parents or guardians of certain public school students information regarding the human papillomavirus – which causes cervical cancer – and the availability of a vaccine. The bill also would require that the Department of Health adopt a rule adding the human papillomavirus to the list of communicable diseases for which immunizations are recommended.

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