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New bill would mandate HPV vaccinations in Illinois students

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (WREX) — A bill proposed in the Illinois House would require sixth grade students to receive the human papillomavirus, or HPV, vaccination.

It was filed by Democratic Representative Robyn Gabel of the 18th district, (Evanston) on Feb. 11th, 2020.

House Bill 4870 would amend the Communicable Disease Prevention Act to require students of any public, private, or parochial school to get the vaccination to enter the sixth grade. 

The bill would also require confirmation that the student has completed the series of HPV vaccinations upon entering ninth grade.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, HPV is a common virus that can lead to 6 types of cancers later in life. HPV is spread through intimate skin-to-skin contact.

The bill would see HPV vaccinations required before the start of the school year beginning in 2022.

13 WREX Newsroom

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