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Should states force parents to vaccinate pre-teens?

Should states force parents to vaccinate pre-teens? 
By: Erica Byfield

CALLOWAY COUNTY, Ky. - From coast to coast the debate of whether or not to vaccinate girls against the human papillomavirus, which leads to cervical cancer, is making headlines. 

It has some parents questioning if states like Illinois and Kentucky are going too far by trying to make it mandatory.

We spent the day asking questions and learned it comes down to whether or not parents believe it could save their little girl's life. 

You could call it the power of advertising, Gradasil's 30 second ads been circulating across air ways for months and it's getting attention

"I'm glad they came out with a vaccine that can protect us against something like cervical cancer" said mother Miranda Nesbitt. 

Even with the catchy tune Nesbitt's not fully on board "I think it's infringing on our rights a little bit" and she's not alone. 

"I think it will be good but I don't think it should be mandatory" said Evelyn Goins. 

There are at least two sides to this debate.

If the science is correct, the vaccine commonly known as Gardasil should protect young girls from developing cervical cancer.

"Here we are we found something to actually prevent a certain type of cancer, we need to take advantage of that, young girls all over the country need to take advantage of that" said nurse Vicki Williams. 

Those opposed say the state is going too far "these are my children somebody else can not tell me how to raise or take care of them" said Molly Franklin.    

Gardasil doesn't come cheap. 

Since most insurance companies won't pay for it parents will have to shell out 360 dollars. 

"I think that is a little outrageous, I don't think that's fair at all" said Nesbitt. 

Despite the cost nurse Vicki Williams believes in the vaccine "I have two daughters and one has already had it and the other has an appointment."

So far there is nothing set in stone saying heartland parents have to vaccinate their little girls but if a few law makers get their way it's only a matter of time before for students have to add Gradasil to their back to school list.      

The bill is only in the beginning stages in both Illinois and Kentucky.

And parents do have the ability to opt out of the shot under certain circumstances.

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