Virginia never 'mandated' HPV vaccines
In a 2007 letter, I urged The Post to avoid using the term "mandatory" when reporting on Virginia legislation aimed at getting sixth-grade girls immunized against the human papillomavirus because that legislation allowed parents to "opt out" of the requirement.
Four years later, Virginia's House of Delegates has passed a bill that would eliminate the state's "mandate" ["Va. House passes bill to end HPV mandate," Metro, Jan. 22]. What mandate? Many parents, according to The Post's reporting, have chosen not to have their children immunized. On such an important public health issue, the House has acted illogically, and The Post has added to the confusion.
Jonathan Chace, Chestertown, Md.
| January 26, 2011; 6:28 PM ET
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