HPV Vaccine Delayed
Senator Mike Fasano says the plan is being delayed until 2010 because parents and others have raised safety concerns about the vaccine.
Fasano wants to turn the issue over to the Florida Department of Health so medical experts can study it further and then develop rules for a mandatory vaccination program.
He says the delay will also give the Health Department more time to educate parents about the vaccine, called Gardasil. It's given in three shots and can protect women from contracting cervical cancer. Fasano says the goal in Florida is to save lives.
He says about 70 percent of the women who died last year of cervical cancer would be alive today if that vaccine was available to them when they were a younger age.
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