An influential government advisory panel Thursday recommended that 11- and 12-year-old girls be routinely vaccinated against the sexually transmitted virus that causes cervical cancer.
The Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices also said the shots can be started for girls as young as 9, at the discretion of their doctors.More >>
Governor Rick Perry issued the order making Texas the first state to require the shots to protect against strains of the Human Papilloma Virus. This means girls will have to get Merck's new vaccine- Gardasil. The vaccine, would be required for girls 11 or 12 years old before they enter school in September of 2008. You may remember back in June, the federal government approved Gardasil and a government advisory panel recommended that all girls get the shots before they are likely to be sexually active. Some parents say this is a good thing while other says it's stepping on parental rights and in some ways approving sexual activity.
"I don't think it should be mandatory. I think it should be up to the mom and dad opinion wether to give it to their daughters or not," says Stephanie Sanchez, Mother.
"It is really up to every parent, personally it is hard. In a way I would agree with it. Really it is something that it is up to the parent, for mine I would agree with it," says Sylvia Perez, Mother.
Parents may opt out of this mandatory vaccination for religious beliefs. Right now, the HPV vaccine is $360 for a series of 3 shots. However, some doctors says with this executive order the cost should drop.
Monday, May 20 2013 10:43 PM EDT2013-05-21 02:43:27 GMT
Longview police say that an officer is in the hospital after a shooting.Police tell KLTV 7 it happened just before 8:30 Monday evening. Details are still unclear, but several police officers were tryingMore >>
Stretch of Highway 80 closed while police investigate crime scene.More >>
Tuesday, May 21 2013 7:11 AM EDT2013-05-21 11:11:28 GMT
The same storm system that brought devastation to our north Sunday and Monday to Oklahoma and Kansas will affect East Texas later today with a threat of severe storms including tornadoes. ThunderstormsMore >>
Conditions are coming together that could lead to a significant severe weather outbreak across East Texas today. More >>
Tuesday, May 21 2013 10:36 AM EDT2013-05-21 14:36:49 GMT
(RNN) – A day after long track tornadoes devastated Shawnee and Edmond, OK, another round has begun near Oklahoma City.KOCO broadcast a slow rotating cloud that slowly extended down towards the groundMore >>
Dozens of people have died after a second day of tornadoes twisted through Oklahoma, this time taking aim at the town of Moore, south of Oklahoma City.More >>
Monday, May 20 2013 2:32 PM EDT2013-05-20 18:32:29 GMT
A Wichita, Kansas television station was forced to evacuate while on the air as a massive tornado touched down nearby. NBC affiliate KSNW meteorologist J.D. Rudd saw that the tornado was headed straightMore >>
A Wichita, Kansas television station was forced to evacuate while on the air as a massive tornado touched down nearby.More >>
Monday, May 20 2013 10:14 PM EDT2013-05-21 02:14:25 GMT
A copy of a daily journal Allen's mother says her son kept, documenting school bullying
An ArkLaTex mother says her son was pushed to the edge by bullying, and took his own life as a result. More >>
An ArkLaTex mother says her son was pushed to the edge by bullying, and took his own life as a result. Now, she's speaking out in hopes of putting a stop to what she claims is an ongoing problem in the tiny McCurtain County town of Smithville, OK.More >>