By Marianne Eisenbrandt
JOLIET — No action was taken by the Troy School Board last week on policy revisions that would inform students of the availability of inoculations for the human papilloma virus.
The statement pertaining to HPV and the vaccine will be deleted from the revised policy and it will be brought back to the board for its first reading at the June meeting.
Board member Cynthia Jo Rasmussen Grabavoy said suggested revisions to the policy included a statement indicating that the Department of Public Health will provide all female students entering sixth grade information regarding HPV and the vaccine.
“The HPV vaccine is subject to controversy and there are arguments on both sides as to whether this vaccine is advisable for young girls,” Grabavoy said after the meeting.
Grabavoy said the district is not in the business of making or suggesting medical decisions for students.
[Note from SaneVax: A hearty thanks from the SaneVax Team. Parents are indeed the people who should be responsible for making medical choices for their children. Every vaccine carries certain risks, it is up to parents to decide whether vaccine risks outweigh the benefits for their children or not.]