Governor Pence’s office is ‘looking into’ HPV vaccine letters sent to thousands of parents

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INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (Oct. 26, 2015)– Governor Mike Pence’s office is “looking into” a State Department of Health letter about a controversial vaccine that is drawing criticism from some socially conservative groups.

The letter encourages parents to get their children vaccinated for the human papilloma virus, or HPV.  It was mailed to thousands of Hoosier parents of children who were flagged by the state as not having received the HPV vaccination.

The virus is transmitted sexually and can lead to cervical cancer.

The Executive Director of American Family Association of Indiana said he got he letter at home and called it “intrusive.”

“I don’t really like the State tracking what I’m doing and questioning my decisions as a parent,” said Micah Clark.

He added that a discussion about HPV is a private conversation parents should be having with their doctors, not with the government.

“This is a very different vaccine. This is not like polio or mumps that’s communicable or spread by airborne pathogens. This is a sexually transmitted disease spread by behavior,” said Clark. “I talk to my doctor first, before I talk to my government.”

Clark said he had heard the Health Department may have stopped sending out the letter, but CBS4 has yet to independently confirm that information.

A spokeswoman for ISDH said, “We’re still looking into the letters at this time.”

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