Parents Want ‘Opt-Out’ Option for HPV Vaccine, Study Finds

The HPV, prostate or Human Papilloma Virus, cheap vaccine has continued to be seen as controversial. Despite years of recommendations and support from leading medical institutions, parents remain wary about requiring children to receive an HPV vaccination for school admissions, according to a new study.

While just 21 percent of parents thought laws requiring the vaccine for school were a “good idea,” that number rose significantly — to 57 percent — if there was an “opt-out” provision offered, according to the study published today in the journal Cancer Epidemiology, Biomarkers and Prevention.

“We were expecting a higher number of parents supporting vaccine requirements,” study author, William Calo of the Department of Health Policy and Management at the Gillings School of Global Public Health at the University of North Carolina told ABC News. “21 percent is a lot lower than we expected.”

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