1.  The department of health and senior services shall develop an informational brochure relating to the connection between human papillomavirus and cervical cancer, and that an immunization against the human papillomavirus infection is available.  The department shall make the brochure available on its website and shall notify each public school district in this state of the availability of the brochure to be printed and included or referred to in any other printed material to be provided directly to parents as the school district deems appropriate.  However, materials made available pursuant to this section may only be distributed to parents directly and not distributed to students as material to be given to parents.  Such information in the brochure shall include:

 (1)  The risk factors for developing cervical cancer, the symptoms of the disease, how it may be diagnosed, and its possible consequences if untreated;

Terms Used In Missouri Laws 167.182

  • State: when applied to any of the United States, includes the District of Columbia and the territories, and the words "United States" includes such district and territories. See Missouri Laws 1.020

 (2)  The connection between human papillomavirus and cervical cancer, how human papillomavirus is transmitted, how transmission may be prevented, including abstinence as the best way to prevent sexually transmitted diseases, and the relative risk of contracting human papillomavirus for primary and secondary school students;

 (3)  The latest scientific information on the immunization against human papillomavirus infection and the immunization’s effectiveness against causes of cervical cancer;

 (4)  That a pap smear is still critical for the detection of precancerous changes in the cervix to allow for treatment before cervical cancer develops; and

 (5)  A statement that any questions or concerns regarding immunizing the child against human papillomavirus could be answered by contacting the family’s health care provider.

 2.  Any rule or portion of a rule, as that term is defined in section 536.010, that is created under the authority delegated in this section shall become effective only if it complies with and is subject to all of the provisions of chapter 536 and, if applicable, section 536.028.  This section and chapter 536 are nonseverable and if any of the powers vested with the general assembly pursuant to chapter 536 to review, to delay the effective date, or to disapprove and annul a rule are subsequently held unconstitutional, then the grant of rulemaking authority and any rule proposed or adopted after August 28, 2010, shall be invalid and void.