Parents of 6th grade girls...HPV letter headed your way

New Media Producer: Amanda Lents

Indiana schools are sending parents of sixth grade girls information about the link between human papillomavirus and cervical cancer. Parents will also receive information about the availability of an HPV vaccine.

The notification letters are the result of a compromise lawmakers made this spring. Some originally wanted to require immunization for most girls, but the Indiana General Assembly settled on the letters after conservative groups said mandated vaccines would intrude on parental rights.

The information sent home to parents explains that HPV is a sexually transmitted infection that can cause genital warts or cervical cancer. The vaccine protects against four strains of HPV.