SHOTS

06.06.13

No Parental Consent? No Problem

New York considers lowering the age for HPV vaccines.

A new bill in the New York State assembly seeks to broaden the availability of the HPV vaccine by allowing minors to receive it without parental consent. While all 50 states and Washington, D.C., currently allow minors to consent to testing and treatment for sexually transmitted infections, California is the only state currently allowing those under 18 to be vaccinated with Gardasil and Cervarix. The bill has already met with opposition from those who believe that parents have a right to know what medications are in their children’s bodies.