Mandating the hpv vaccine
The HPV vaccine has always stood apart.“From early on, this vaccine was sort of carved out from other vaccines and treated a little differently because it’s for a sexually transmitted infection,” said Gregory D.
Zimet, an Indiana University School of Medicine psychologist who has studied attitudes toward the HPV vaccine.
Since, without exception, the proposed laws permit parents to refuse to have their daughters vaccinated, the only valid objection is that parents must actively manifest such refusal.
Such a slight burden on parents can hardly justify backing away from the most effective means of protecting a generation of women, and in particular, poor and disadvantaged women, from the scourge of cervical cancer." [Charo's comments are from a 2007 Perspective in the New England Journal of Medicine; she told My Health News Daily today those comments still reflect her opinion.] This story was provided by My Health News Daily, a sister site to Live Science. She has a masters degree in journalism from New York University's Science, Health and Environmental Reporting Program.
S., including teens, become infected with HPV and 4,000 women die from cervical cancer every year.
As with all required immunizations, Rhode Island parents can exempt their children from the HPV vaccine by signing a form.
But even with this opt-out, linking school attendance to vaccination has been shown to increase immunization rates because it encourages visits and discussions with pediatricians, said Alexander-Scott.
We asked experts to weigh in on the question: "Should the HPV vaccine be mandatory for girls ages 11 to 12 in the United States? " Here are their responses: Arthur Caplan, bioethicist at the University of Pennsylvania: "Yes.
The data show that the vaccine is safe and effective. And mandates still permit people to opt out if they don't want their child vaccinated, as we have for all other 'mandates' — a fact somehow lost in the ignorant comments from GOP candidates about HPV vaccines [last night]." Dr.HPV can cause cancers of the cervix, anus, head, or neck — but usually not until adulthood.