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State plan to offer aid for HPV vaccine passes

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SPRINGFIELD - The Illinois Senate approved legislation Friday that would require the state to provide vaccine against human papilloma virus, which can cause cervical cancer, to "underinsured" families.

State Sen. Debbie Halvorson, a Crete Democrat, had previously been pushing for a controversial plan to require sixth-grade girls to be vaccinated.

The new plan wouldn't take effect until 2011.

The measure that passed the Senate by a 40-15 vote and now moves to the House is less controversial. And Halvorson said she had no plans to push the required vaccination proposal.

"There's no mandates," she said. "There's nothing to keep them out of school."

The legislation is Senate Bill 937.

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