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The ethics and politics of compulsory HPV vaccination

James K. Colgrove

Title:
The ethics and politics of compulsory HPV vaccination
Author(s):
Colgrove, James K.
Date:
Type:
Articles
Department:
Center for the History and Ethics of Public Health
Volume:
355
Permanent URL:
Book/Journal Title:
New England journal of medicine
Abstract:
On September 12, 2006, 3 months after the Food and Drug Administration licensed a vaccine against human papillomavirus (HPV), Michigan lawmakers became the first in the United States to propose that vaccination be compulsory for girls entering sixth grade. Parents who objected would be able to opt out of the requirement under the same provisions that apply to other vaccinations. The bill passed the state senate by an overwhelming margin a week later and awaits consideration by the house. Other states are likely to follow Michigan's lead.
Subject(s):
Medical ethics
Public health
Publisher DOI:
http://dx.doi.org/10.1056/NEJMp068248
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