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Health Department Says HPV Vaccine Should Not Be Mandatory

The Star Tribune reported Friday that the Minnesota Department of Health is expected to recommend to legislators that the new vaccine for the Human Papilloma Virus not be required for girls entering schools. The findings are a result of a report commissioned by the Minnesota State Legislature in 2007.

Health officials have said that though they highly recommend girls be vaccinated the drug is too new to be required for school admissions.

"We think it's going to turn out to be fine, but we don't want to mandate something until more of those studies have been done," said Dr. Edward Ehlinger, as quoted by the Pioneer Press. Doctor Ehlinger works on a state advisory board that deals with immunization practices.

The vaccine is said to block two common forms of HPV, which causes around 70 percent of all cervical cancers. The fact that HPV is passed through sexual activity has grabbed the attention of many conservative groups who fear that the vaccine will encourage young adults to have premarital sex.

Currently the United States has about 20 million diagnosed cases of HPV.