Rep. Dave Severin
The Illinois state government should not require teenagers to receive the human papillomavirus, or HPV vaccine, a Republican state representative said.
Rep. Dave Severin (R-Benton) recently conducted a poll among his constituents as to whether House Bill 4870, which says students entering the sixth grade of any public, private or parochial school must get the HPV vaccine and provide the institution with confirmation that the child has completed a series of HPV vaccinations upon beginning his or her freshman year at any of the previously mentioned institutions, on Facebook.
Severin says in his aptly named commentary, Severin Says, that he was the first to vote in the poll and he voted no. As of March 1, approximately 8,000 Facebook users voted, with 80% in agreement with the lawmaker.
Severin is currently in a fight for the Republican nomination for the 117th District, which is located in southern Illinois and includes parts of the Metro Lakeland area. His challenger is Tim Arview of West Frankfort.