State Representative Dan Brady today said he will be voting “no” on legislation that violates parents’ rights to make important medical decisions for their minor children.
HB 4870 would require students entering the sixth grade of any public, private, or parochial school, to receive the human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccination and require confirmation that the student has completed the series of HPV vaccinations upon entering the ninth grade of any public, private, or parochial school.
Unlike a highly contagious infectious disease like measles, HPV is a sexual transmitted infection. The HPV vaccine can be given to individuals up to 26 years of age.
“This is a very personal family decision that needs to be made by the parents; and then by individual students when they become informed adults” said Rep. Brady (R-Normal).
Brady said he would also be voting against a related bill, SB 3668, which includes a provision that would mandate vaccinations and medical examinations despite parents’ religious objections.