Push for HPV vaccine mandate in school and daycares

Brennan Somers
Updated: October 17, 2019 07:40 AM
Created: October 17, 2019 07:14 AM

ALBANY, N.Y. (WHEC) — Another vaccine may soon be added to the list of shots kids need to go to school or daycare in New York state.

In June, state lawmakers revoked religious exemptions for mandatory school vaccinations. Now, a senator form New York City is pushing to add the HPV vaccine to the mandate.


Versions of the bill have been bounced around Albany since 2009. The current one is still in committee.

If the measure passes, every child born after Jan. 1, 2008 would be required to get the vaccine in order to go to school. 

The goal is to protect students from cancer. According to the American Cancer Society, HPV causes nearly all cases of cervical cancer. It can also lead to serious health problems in men.

Some parents worry this is another change that takes away their right to make decisions for their kids.

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