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Friday, March 2nd 2007

Virginia Joins Texas

They won’t jump in quite so feet first, but Virginia will require the HPV vaccine for middle school girls.

Virginia would become the second state to mandate the vaccine for the human papillomavirus, or HPV, and the first to do it through legislative action. Texas Gov. Rick Perry sidestepped the Legislature and ordered the shots for girls there, but lawmakers are considering overriding that order.

The requirement would go into effect for the 2009 school year. If parents want to opt out, they must review literature provided by their child’s school, then sign a form.

If you don’t remember then here is what the HPV debate looks like in Tejas.