A proposal to require all entering seventh-graders in New York State to receive the HPV vaccine is stirring up opposition among some parents and school administrators.  Critics say there’s no reason to vaccinate children that age against a disease that primarily is spread through sexual contact and that, further, a state-imposed mandate takes away parental choice.   But advocates say the vaccine is recommended by physicians and public health officials and it’s demonstrated to prevent both HPV and a number of cancers linked to the virus.


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