ANCHOR LEAD: THE STATE OF TEXAS HAS DECIDED THAT ALL GIRLS SHOULD RECEIVE THE VACCINE FOR HPV. ELIZABETH TRACEY REPORTS
Certain strains of human papilloma virus or HPV cause the majority of cervical cancers. The good news is a vaccine is now available to prevent HPV infection, but it must be given before girls become sexually active to be effective. Some parents object, but the state of Texas has now decided to make the vaccine mandatory. Maria Trent, an adolescent medicine expert at Johns Hopkins, applauds the policy.
TRENT: I think it’s very forward thinking of them, I think they’re very concerned about the young people in their community in trying to make sure that they’re not getting HPV infection. Also I understand other states’ concerns about being a little cautious about it but if Texas can afford it I think it’s probably a good thing for the young people. :17
Many critics say the vaccine costs too much.
TRENT: I think as time moves forward the vaccine will actually be less expensive and the benefits of making it mandatory are that insurers will have to cover it and pediatricians will have to stock it. :12
I’m Elizabeth Tracey reporting.