(WBNG) — A NYC senator is sponsoring a bill that would require children to receive the human papillomavirus vaccine to attend school.
Senator Brad Hoylman (D-Manhattan), is sponsoring the bill that proposes children born after January 1, 2008 receive the vaccine before they start any public school grade, as long as they are 18 or younger.
Hoylman sent 12 News this statement explaining his rationale:
“The HPV vaccine is a safe and effective way to prevent the spread of human papillomavirus, a virus which causes cancer in more than 33,000 Americans each year, including members of my own family. 92% of cancers caused by HPV are preventable through routine vaccination, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. I encourage parents of both girls and boys to discuss the HPV vaccine with their pediatrician. In the meantime, I’m following the example of legislators and public health officials in Hawaii, Rhode Island, Virginia, and other jurisdictions by sponsoring legislation that will prevent the spread of HPV among young people and help save lives and needless suffering from cancer.”
Doctor Nahid Borogerdi, a nurse practitioner in Vestal, says currently the vaccine is only allowed in children starting at age 11, coinciding with puberty.
She says, “it’s important that we do vaccinate these kids before they become sexually active.”
When it comes to any age earlier than 11, however, “it doesn’t put them at risk, but again it’s not necessary so why expose these kids to a vaccine that is not necessary?”
While Senator Hoylman’s major point for the requirement is to help fight cancer, Borogerdi doesn’t see it.
“I don’t believe so no because it’s not necessary and after age 11 it’s very appropriate.”
The bill is currently in committee and would take effect the September following the date it would be signed into law.