Mandating more vaccines? Local doctor weighs in on a bill that would mandate HPV vaccine in schools and daycares

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SYRACUSE, N.Y. (WSYR-TV) — Mandating more vaccines? It’s a growing concern among parents, and a new bill would add yet another vaccine to the list of must-haves before your children get on the school bus.

NewsChannel 9’s Nicole Sommavilla sat down with a doctor from Golisano Children’s Hospital who says the vaccine in the proposed bill, HPV, is one that could prevent cancer.

“Not vaccinating is a dangerous choice that parents make for their children,” said Dr. Jana Shaw.

She treats children at Golisano Children’s Hospital every day, kids she feels could avoid cancer if the bill is passed.

The bill would require all children born after January 1, 2008, to get the HPV vaccine before going to school or daycare.

“Anal, penile, vulvar, cervical, oropharyngeal cancers are all caused by HPV,” said Dr. Shaw.

The virus is common and acquired through any type of sexual interaction.

“It’s nearly impossible to protect yourself by just avoiding that contact,” said Dr. Shaw.

The vaccine is approved for males and females ages 9 to 45, but it’s recommended for boys and girls around the age of 11 or 12.

If you get it when it’s recommended it’s two doses, but if you’re older than 15, it’s three. They’re shots some parents feel they should have the final say on.

Still, it’s a vaccine Dr. Shaw calls ‘cancer prevention.’

“Tens, thousands of people will acquire any type of HPV related cancer in the U.S. every year,” said Dr. Shaw. “It’s the best choice our parents can make for our children.”

It’s a choice parents still have the option to make, for now.

The bill is still in its early stages. It has to go to the floor before being passed by the Senate and Assembly, before then heading to the Governor’s desk.

To see the actual bill you can go to the NYS Senate website.

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