Cervical Cancer Vaccines

A proposed bill in the state legislature would mandate teenage girls get cancer vaccines.

The bill would require girls in both public and private middle schools to get a vaccine targeted at a virus that causes cervical cancer.

The vaccine is aimed at four strains of HPV, a common sexually-transmitted virus. Supporters of the measure say Kentucky needs the vaccine.

The state has a higher rate of cervical cancer cases and deaths, than the national average but critics of the bill say the law violates parent’s rights and could encourage sexual activity among young girls.