Women's group advocates for cervical cancer vaccine

September 18, 2006

Women in Government, a nonprofit organization that represents women state legislators, has recommended that all girls entering middle school be vaccinated against the human papillomavirus (HPV) to prevent cervical cancer.

Women in Government, a nonprofit organization that represents women state legislators, has recommended that all girls entering middle school be vaccinated against the human papillomavirus (HPV) to prevent cervical cancer. The recommendations come as part of the group's "Challenge to Eliminate Cervical Cancer Campaign," which utilizes state legislators to increase awareness through education and policy initiatives. So far, 45 states have introduced legislation or resolutions tackling this issue, with Michigan becoming the first state to consider legislation requiring HPV vaccination for school entrance. The Women in Government group is encouraging state departments of health to develop and implement plans to ensure all girls and women aged nine to 18 have access to and receive the HPV vaccine, with emphasis on routine vaccination in 11- and 12-year-old girls.

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