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Unformatted text preview: MSNBC.com Texas orders STD vaccine for all girls Decision comes after maker of cervical cancer shot doubled lobbying efforts The Associated Press updated 11:00 a.m. MT, Sat., Feb. 3, 2007 AUSTIN, Texas - Bypassing the Legislature altogether, Republican Gov. Rick Perry issued an order Friday making Texas the first state to require that schoolgirls get vaccinated against the sexually transmitted virus that causes cervical cancer. By employing an executive order, Perry sidestepped opposition in the Legislature from conservatives and parents rights groups who fear such a requirement would condone premarital sex and interfere with the way Texans raise their children. Beginning in September 2008, girls entering the sixth grade meaning, generally, girls ages 11 and 12 will have to receive Gardasil, Merck & Co.s new vaccine against strains of the human papillomavirus, or HPV. Perry also directed state health authorities to make the vaccine available free to girls 9 to 18 who are uninsured or whose insurance does not cover vaccines. In addition, he ordered that Medicaid offer Gardasil uninsured or whose insurance does not cover vaccines....
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