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Report: Mass. Watching R.I.'s Move to Require HPV Vaccines

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    Report: Mass. Watching R.I.'s Move to Require HPV Vaccines
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    MIAMI, FL - SEPTEMBER 21: University of Miami pediatrician Judith L. Schaechter, M.D. (L) gives an HPV vaccination to a 13-year-old girl in her office at the Miller School of Medicine on September 21, 2011 in Miami, Florida. The vaccine for human papillomavirus, or HPV, is given to prevent a sexually transmitted infection that can cause cancer. Recently the issue of the vaccination came up during the Republican race for president when Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-MN) called the vaccine to prevent cervical cancer "dangerous" and said that it may cause mental retardation, but expert opinion in the medical field contradicts her claim. Texas Gov. Rick Perry, also a presidential contender, has taken heat from some within his party for presiding over a vaccination program in his home state. (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)

    Massachusetts public health officials are closely watching Rhode Island's move to require vaccinations against a sexually transmitted disease as parents in the Ocean State protest its decision, according to a report.

    The Boston Globe reports Massachusetts may want to implement statewide mandate to vaccinate students against the human papillomavirus, commonly called HPV, which is a sexually transmitted disease that can cause cancer.

    "We’re going to be very intrigued by the Rhode Island mandate experience," Kevin Cranston, director of Massachusetts' Bureau of Infectious Disease, told the Globe.

    Rhode Island's requirement to vaccinate all incoming seventh graders at public and private schools started this school year. Students who don't get the vaccine will not be allowed to go to school unless their parents seek a medical or religious exemption. 

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