Vaccine for eighth-grade girls against STD virus? Haredim say no
Vaccine against human papillomavirus given at relatively young age because its efficacy is higher when given before sexual maturity.
The Health Ministry has given its support to a program of vaccinations for eighth-grade girls against human papillomavirus (HPV), which causes cervical cancer and is transmitted through sexual contact. But rabbis in the Haredi and national religious communities are fiercely opposed to the program, and this has stirred a deep controversy within the national religious community.
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