October 27, 2010
Byron, R-Campbell County, has prefiled a bill for the January session of the General Assembly that would repeal a law that says girls must receive the human papillomavirus vaccine unless their parents tell schools in writing that they don’t want their daughters to receive the medication.
Similar repeal bills failed in the 2008 and 2010 sessions, but Byron cited new findings concerning the vaccine, which is intended to prevent spread of the sexually transmitted human papillomavirus known as HPV.
Documents obtained from the Food and Drug Administration by the conservative organization Judicial Watch showed 16 deaths were reported among people who received the papillomavirus vaccine known as Gardasil in 2009 and this year.
“While many vaccines carry risks for a small percentage of those inoculated, the requirement for this vaccine is based on a condition that is not communicable in a school setting,” Byron said.
Byron said her bill would not prevent children from receiving the vaccine if parents still want it administered.
Nineteen states have passed HPV-related laws since the vaccine, developed by Merck & Co., was approved in 2006. Most of the states require some form of public education about HPV.