“A couple of members that expressed concerns have specific language they’d like to discuss with me,” he said. “I’ll take it into consideration, and if it makes sense will include it.” Starting in 2010, the bill would require girls entering the seventh grade to have a series of three vaccinations to protect them against HPV, which can be sexually transmitted and cause genital warts and cervical cancer. But parents could obtain an exemption by writing a letter to the school stating their opposition to the vaccination requirement. Dr. Jenny Biller, an obstetrician and gynecologist from UC-Davis Medical Center, testified for the bill, saying the vaccine was “almost 98 to 100 percent effective.” Patricia Carthew, a Los Angeles woman who said she suffers from debilitating bone problems because of radiation treatments for cervical cancer, called the HPV vaccine “a vaccine of life.” “I just wish when I was younger there was a vaccine so I would not have to go through this,” she said. “It’s too late for me and it’s too late for a lot of women, but it’s not too late for our daughters.” But Assemblyman Alan Nakanishi, a Stockton physician, said the vaccine was too new for the state to be mandating its use. “It’s poor policy for the state to mandate that half of our children get vaccinated with a drug that has been on the market less than one year …,” he said. “We need more time to see the efficacy and safety of this drug.” Other lawmakers raised concerns about the cost of the series of three vaccinations – $360 – and whether some parents would be able to afford them. Assemblyman Ted Gaines, R-Granite Bay, said the bill should direct schools to get approval from parents before requiring the vaccinations. “When we address issues related to children and sex, I want real clarity in terms of what the parent is agreeing to,” he said. Assemblywoman Mary Salas, D-Chula Vista, suggested waiting until the vaccine is cleared for use in boys before considering a mandate. HPV also can lead to cancers in men. “We’re only talking about half of the equation today,” she said. Hernandez said in most instances the cost would be covered by private medical insurance or state and federal programs. The opt-out procedure in his bill, he said, was the same one offered parents who don’t want their children immunized against several other diseases, including mumps, measles and chickenpox. “If this was a vaccine to eliminate or reduce breast cancer, we would not be having this discussion,” Hernandez told the committee. “Because it’s a sexually transmitted disease, I think it’s creating a lot of problems.” The Virginia and New Mexico legislatures have approved bills similar to Hernandez’s, and the governors of those states have promised to sign them. Lawmakers in 18 other states also have introduced HPV vaccination mandates. Texas’ Republican governor, Rich Perry, issued an executive order Feb. 2 requiring girls entering the sixth grade to have the vaccinations. That has triggered heated criticism from conservatives and an effort in the Texas Legislature to pass a bill overturning the order. Critics also have focused on Perry’s ties to the vaccine’s manufacturer, Merck & Co. His former chief of staff lobbies for the drug company, which has contributed to Perry and the Republican Governors Association. Merck, which made nearly $60,000 in campaign donations to California lawmakers last year, recently announced that it was dropping lobbying campaigns to convince states to adopt vaccination mandates. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! SACRAMENTO – An Assembly committee Tuesday put off voting on a bill that would require girls entering the seventh grade to be vaccinated against the cervical cancer-causing human papillomavirus. The measure’s author, Assemblyman Ed Hernandez, D-Baldwin Park, requested the delay after opponents said the vaccine was too new to be mandated by the state and that parents might have difficulty taking advantage of a provision allowing them to opt out of the requirement. “There was obviously a lot of discussion and debate,” Hernandez said after the Assembly Health Committee held a roughly hourlong hearing on the bill. “I wanted to make sure I address all of the concerns of members and bring it back for a vote in April.” He said he was willing to consider amendments.
UPDATED: COMMUNITY ALERT: Gardai have issued a warning about a man in an agitated state who may be in the following areas this evening:* Lifford* Castlefinn * Ballybofey/StranorlarIt follows an incident in the Brockagh area in which a man picked up a hitch-hiker in an agitated state.The man reported the incident to Gardai who have issued an alert.It is understood the man has mental health issues. He is tall, in his 30s, wearing a black hoodie and black jeans.He should not be approached under any circumstances.Anyone who has come across this individual should dial 999 or call Gardai at their nearest station.The alert follows reports to Gardaí about incidents earlier in the day. COMMUNITY ALERT: GARDAÍ WARNING ABOUT ‘AGITATED’ MAN was last modified: October 26th, 2013 by John2Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:castlefincommunity alertgarda warningLifford