Professor Ilknur Sancak-Marusa
WRT 200 – Essay #1 Revision
29, April 2011
HPV Vaccine: Choose or Forced
If there was a vaccine to prevent a virus that could lead to a deadly form of cancer would you want it? Of course you would. The human papillomavirus vaccine also known as HPV vaccine does just that. In the two essays on public health, “HPV Vaccine Texas Tyranny”, by Mike Adams and “The HPV Debate Needs an Injection of Reality,” by Arthur Allen, these two authors discuss their different opinions on the human papillomavirus vaccine. In the essay, “HPV Vaccine Texas Tyranny,” Adams expresses through a cartoon and commentary his opposition to mandatory HPV vaccine injections for girls in Texas. Allen’s essay, “The HPV Debate Needs an Injection of Reality,” addresses both sides of the argument about making the HPV vaccination mandatory while expressing his own opinions on the subject. Allen is more persuasive in his writing, discussing various opposing viewpoints. The inclusion of historical data makes his article more credible and convincing than the essay by Adams. The title, “HPV Vaccine Texas Tyranny” by Mike Adams is very appropriate for this essay. The essay outlines how the Texas state government acts as a tyrant by forcing young schoolgirls to get the HPV vaccine. The essay starts off suggesting that the vaccine isn’t just for protection from cervical cancer, but instead related to a “dirty money connection” (445). The essay urges readers to stop and think about certain drugs and vaccines to determine it will really be beneficial to young girls or for the pharmaceutical companies that are profiting by exploiting the Americans public. Adams states, “The entire industry, including drug companies, doctors, medical journals and the mainstream media, is twisting the facts to create the illusion that these vaccines are both safe and effective when, in reality, they are probably neither” (447). The Merck and...
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