The big question for my family earlier this week was: what information was being provided, and was this sufficient to make an informed consent?
Many doctors who consider themselves “pro-vaccine,” for example, do not believe that every single vaccine is appropriate for every single individual.
This is interesting as I have now met with many young girls who have developed severe reactions, which were reported to schools or GPs and were rapidly dismissed as not being linked.
The third item that my daughter brought home from school was a folded leaflet entitled “Beating cervical cancer” that is also available electronically.
The only question is whether a state mandate would increase vaccination rates or result in a backlash against HPV and wider childhood vaccinations.
Given the political divisiveness, states should launch health education campaigns before resorting to compulsion.