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Two bills introduced in state legislature want to mandate HPV vaccine, allow fewer exemptions


A bill proposed in the Illinois House would require sixth grade students to receive the human papillomavirus, or HPV, vaccination.

It was filed by Democratic Representative Robyn Gabel of the 18th district, (Evanston) on February 11th, 2020.

House Bill 4870 would amend the Communicable Disease Prevention Act to require students of any public, private, or parochial school to get the vaccination to enter the sixth grade. 

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, HPV is a common virus that can lead to 6 types of cancers later in life. HPV is spread through intimate skin-to-skin contact.

The bill would see HPV vaccinations required before the start of the school year beginning in 2022.

A bill introduced in the Illinois Senate wants to enforce the vaccine schedule from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention with little or no exemptions.

SB 3668 was introduced by Democrative Senator Heather A. Steans, 7th District, on Friday, February 14th.

Right now in Illinois, a parent can obtain a religious or medical exemption to vaccines, however SB 3668 bill would remove all religious exemptions making all CDC recommended vaccines required to attend kindergarten through college.

This bill would also allow medical personnel or pharmacist to give a vaccine to a child 14 years and older without parent consent or knowledge.

CLICK HERE for the CDC recommended vaccine schedule.

25 News Staff

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