A house committee has approved a bill requiring Kentucky school girls to be vaccinated against a sexually transmitted virus but the measure adds a clear method for parents to opt out of the HPV immunizations.
The three-shot vaccination protects women against strains of human papiloma virus, which is responsible for most cases of cervical cancer.
A government advisory panel recommends all girls get the shot between 11 and 12 or before they’re likely to be sexually active.
Health officials say Kentucky has the 12th highest cervical cancer incidence rate nationally and the second highest cervical cancer death rate.
The bill now goes to the House for full consideration.