April 11, 2007

House Bill 345: Human Papillomavirus Vaccine Education Program

Rep. David Watkins, Rep. Tom Burch, Rep. Joni Jenkins, Rep. Mary Marzian, Rep. Ruth Pulumbo, Rep. Carl Rollins, Rep. Kathy Stein

House Bill 345 currently requires local school boards to include information on the human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine along with the regular information on immunizations, infectious disease, medications, or other school health issues to parents and guardians of students in grades 6 through 12.

Under House Bill 345 the Department for Public Health is to recommend that parents consider voluntary immunization of all female middle school students after consultation with their health care providers. The Department for Public Health will also develop a public awareness program on the benefits of the HPV vaccine.

The bill does not currently require any child to receive the HPV vaccine and instead focuses on creating an educational program on the vaccine and urging voluntary immunization. Prior to being amended on the floor of the House, H.B. 345 would have required the HPV vaccine but would have permitted parents to decline the immunization on any grounds. No written statement regarding the parents decision would have been required.

2/8/2007(House) To health and welfare
2/9/2007(House) Posted in committee
2/14/2007(House) Floor amendment (1) filed
2/15/2007(House) Passed in the House
2/27/2007(Senate) Failed to pass in the Senate prior to ajournment
3/27/2007Legislation adjourned

HSLDA’s Position:
HSLDA is opposed to this bill.

Action Requested:
No Action requested at this time.

Human papillomavirus, or HPV, is a group of viruses that have about 100 different strains or types. Over 30 of these viruses are sexually transmitted. While most HPV infections are dealt with by the body’s immune system and no symptoms occur, there are several types that can cause cancer or genital warts. For more information about HPV see the Center for Disease Control and Prevention information.

Those who are most likely to get HPV are those who have sex at an early age, have many sex partners, or have a sex partner who has had many partners.

However, the vaccine, Gardasil, will not cure or treat HPV. There is currently no cure for these sexually transmitted viruses. Even the FDA and the CDE admit the only “cure” is abstinence before marriage and a monogamous relationship during marriage.

HSLDA believes that parents should be the ones to determine whether this immunization is right for their daughters, and not forced upon them by the legislature. This is more of a parental rights issue than a homeschool issue. However, it is vitally important that homeschool families take a stand for parental freedom in Kentucky.

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