Back to school immunizations could mean something new if you have a daughter. Though it isnt mandatory, human papillomavirus vaccinations are being given. Health officials in this part of the region say parents should consider the preventative shot. HPV is the most common sexually transmitted virus in the U.S. It not only causes genital warts, it can cause cervical cancer. That is why guardisil is being offered for young girls who will soon head back to school in the Ark-La-Tex. "I think it needs to be strongly promoted because this is the health of our young ladies," says Beverly Coleman, director of the Bowie County Health Unit. Earlier this year the Governor of Texas tried to mandate the vaccination in young girls against the best wishes of many mothers. Now, its not mandatory but it does serve a purpose. "I think some of the concern is they are giving their daughter permission to have sex," says Sherri Zwerrmann, director of the Miller County Health Unit. "Well my daughter doesnt do those thing. Well, she is gonna eventually and you want her prepared. It is about education," says Coleman. The Guardisil vaccination can be give between ages nine and 26. It is recommended for 11 and 12 year-old girls. "This is preparing a young lady for the time when she is able to make mature decisions. If there is something to prevent a disease in the first place, then why not,"Coleman says. Since April in Bowie and Miller Counties, nearly a hundred shots have been given. Coleman says the vaccince could save your little girls life, especially when 10,000 women are diagnosed with cervical cancer each year. The side effects are minimal. "Injection site soreness, redness and swelling." Injections are available in Miller and Bowie County. Coleman says there is a fee but, "If there are circumstances where the parent cant afford them, we can wave the fee." Zwerrman also says there is no fee in Miller County. "Arkansas will pay for the injections." The HVP vaccine is given in three doses. For more information, contact your local health unit.