Katie Kugler says she wants her 10-month-old son to be safe and healthy, and she knows part of her son staying healthy is being vaccinated.
“I really do think, in general, if you’re going to be around other kids, it’s important to be vaccinated,” said Kugler.
A new proposal in the state legislature would require all children born after Jan. 1, 2008 to receive the HPV vaccination if they attend public school or daycare.
“All this would do is add to the list of mandatory vaccines for school entry,” said Dr. Elizabeth Murray, a pediatrician with the University of Rochester Medical Center.
“It’s been studied on hundreds of thousands of children and adults as well,” said Dr. Murray. “We know that for many people, our bodies clear the germ. The trick is, for many people, they do not, and we don’t know who those people will be.”