But there's so much misinformation out there that leads people to make the wrong choices for themselves and their children," Offit said.
Paul Offit, chief of the Division of Infectious Diseases and the director of the Vaccine Education Center at the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia: "I think it shouldn’t have to be [mandated].I think anybody who knows what this virus could do, and what this vaccine can do, would get the vaccine every time.We asked experts to weigh in on the question: "Should the HPV vaccine be mandatory for girls ages 11 to 12 in the United States? " Here are their responses: Arthur Caplan, bioethicist at the University of Pennsylvania: "Yes.The data show that the vaccine is safe and effective. And mandates still permit people to opt out if they don't want their child vaccinated, as we have for all other 'mandates' — a fact somehow lost in the ignorant comments from GOP candidates about HPV vaccines [last night]." Dr.
The issue of whether to mandate the HPV vaccine has spurred debate for years.
Some have argued the vaccine may increase sexual activity among adolescents, or that it counters messages of abstinence education.