Parents, doctors in Rhode Island discuss HPV vaccine

BARRINGTON, R.I. (AP) — Dozens of parents gathered in Rhode Island to hear why students must receive the HPV vaccine.

All seventh-graders in the state are now required to get the vaccine, which protects against HPV, which in turn has been linked to various cancers. Students who do not get the vaccine cannot go to school unless their parents get a medical or religious exemption.

The Providence Journal reports (http://bit.ly/1geadVI ) officials with the state Department of Health told parents at Barrington Public Library Wednesday night they want to work with parents who have “strong feelings” about the vaccine. They said it helps prevent cancer and that they want to make it available.

Critics have said the vaccine is untested, dangerous and violates families’ privacy.

Some parents said Wednesday they’re worried the state will remove the exemption.

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Information from: The Providence Journal, http://www.providencejournal.com

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