Thursday, May 10, 2007

What's the Controversy Here?

Have you been following all the controversy around the HPV (human papilloma virus) vaccine?

I'm really intrigued by this. This is a vaccine that can save women's lives by preventing cervical cancer. But when Texas governor Rick Perry tried to get a law passed to require 6th grade girls to get the vaccine, he was crucified.

Parents are saying that the government should not be able to tell them what to do with their children. Hello? Don't they already in so many other ways? But anyway, I'm just really curious why it bother parents so much when it could save lives.

I've heard some mothers say that 6th grade is too soon to talk to their daughters about sex (because HPV is transmitted sexually). While I definitely disagree with that, who says they have to talk about sex to have their daughters vaccinated? Did they tell them why they were getting the chicken pox vaccination or any other vaccination?

What am I missing here? Wouldn't you want to do everything possible to protect your child? The FDA has approved the vaccine and said that it does indeed protect women against four strains of the sexually transmitted HPV infection. Is there something we don't know?

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