Tuesday, February 06, 2007

Councilmembers propose vaccine bill

D.C., City Council Members Mary Cheh (D) and independent David Catanihave proposed a bill that would require girls entering the sixth grade to receive a vaccination for the human papillomavirus virus.
Female students enrolling in the sixth grade would be asked to show proof of receiving the vaccine against the sexually transmitted human papilloma virus (HPV) under the bill, introduced yesterday by council members David A. Catania (I-At Large) and Mary M. Cheh (D-Ward 3).

A parent or legal guardian would have the right to "opt out" of the requirement, Catania said, but the bill does not detail under what circumstances exemptions would be permitted.

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