Wednesday, February 07, 2007

Washington State to Offer Free Gardasil Jab

Washington state Gov. Christine Gregoire's budget includes buying bulk quantities of Gardasil and offering it for free. Doctors will still be able to charge for the jab as a service performed, but they won't be able to charge for the vaccination (fluid) itself.

Gregoire thought that it was premature to make the vaccination mandatory, which doesn't rule out that she will make it so in the future. The cost to the state is a bit unknown, since its being lumped under the reported budget for the next two years along with a rotavirus vaccine; the two together will cost about $26 million for 2.5 years.

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