immunizations

National Cancer Institute

Rhode Island’s immunization rates for teenagers are among the highest in the country, according to new data released by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Opposition To HPV Vaccine Stirs Passion, Bewilderment

Sep 17, 2015
National Institutes of Health

When Rhode Island health officials rolled out a new immunization requirement for seventh graders this fall, they weren’t expecting controversy. The vaccine for HPV, or human papillomavirus, protects against a sexually transmitted infection that causes most cervical, anal, and throat cancers. But a small but vocal group of opponents say the state shouldn’t mandate the HPV vaccine, and they’re taking the fight to the statehouse.