State legislatures across the nation have been considering whether to make HPV
vaccination a prerequisite for school entry. This legislation has become a source of controversy
between the legislators and the parents of school-aged girls (Vamos, 2008 & Stewart, 2008).
This controversy has created a dilemma between the law, the right to personal autonomy, and the
importance of public health (Stewart, 2008). The purpose of this paper is to discuss the
implications of mandating the HPV vaccination.
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