Jerry Brown has signed legislation that gives children 12 or older the right to obtain preventive treatment for sexually transmitted diseases without parental consent, including an HPV immunization for cervical cancer.
Brown did not explain his reasoning in the announcement Sunday.
Under the proposed legislation, a parent can request a non-medical, personal exemption to opt out of vaccination for a child, but not without having the additional burden of securing a signature from a state-designated medical practitioner verifying that the parents have received the state’s version of information about the risks and benefits of vaccination.
Additionally, the parent will have to obtain a certificate verifying completion of an online vaccine education module.
Most of those infected with strains of HPV experience little, if any, symptoms.
But some strains could cause cervical cancers that can be fatal if untreated, according to the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
But they say in some cases sexually active minors without a strong relationship with their parents may be too frightened to seek approval and risk their health.
"The issue is that you are dealing with people under the age of 18.
TAMPA (FOX 13) - A bill has been introduced in the Florida legislature that would make it mandatory for public school students to get vaccinated for the common virus, human papillomavirus.
There is a flurry of activity across state legislatures regarding vaccines. Since the NVIC Advocacy Portal launched in 2010, the number of bills threatening the legal right to make informed, voluntary decisions about vaccination in America has been growing at an alarming rate.
For comparison, the portal tracked 61 bills in 25 states in 2011.