Gina Raimondo, said Raimondo recognizes there are concerns about mandatory vaccinations but noted that the CDC recommends the HPV vaccine as a safe, effective way to help prevent cervical and other types of cancer and save lives.
"As a mom, she supports steps to help our children and families be as healthy as possible," Fox said Monday.
Wendelken said he believes it is important that children are vaccinated around the seventh grade because the vaccine is most effective when administered to 11- and 12-year-olds.
He stressed the fact that though HPV is transmitted sexually, children have the greatest response to the vaccine if it is administered “long before there’s any sexual contact.” “The HPV vaccine protects against a virus that we know leads to cancer, and it’s incredibly beneficial and valuable,” Wendelken said.
State health officials say there are no plans to change a new requirement that middle school students in Rhode Island get the HPV vaccine even though some parents, and now some lawmakers, have expressed concerns.
Children entering seventh grade in September must get the vaccine unless their parents seek an exemption for medical or religious reasons. C., are the only other jurisdictions that require the vaccine to attend school.
HPV 16 and HPV 18 are responsible for about 70 percent of invasive cervical cancers and for a larger majority of the HPV-related cancers at other sites [1,2].
Gardasil was also nearly 100 percent effective in preventing genital warts associated with HPV 6 and HPV 11.
It is not yet known whether the vaccine will provide decades-long protection over the sexual life of a woman immunized when young, or a girl immunized in her preteen years.
“It’s typical that when a vaccine is incorporated into the school immunization schedule, it starts at a baseline and starts to creep up as doctors, parents and school administrators get used to that being a part of the routine.”“The problem is not about the vaccination itself whatsoever,” Gardiner said.
Rather, the organization takes issue with the government mandating a vaccination for a disease when it does not impact a child’s education.