HPV Vaccine: To Mandate or Not
Gabrielle A. Blythers
March 11, 2013
Should the HPV Vaccine be mandatory?
Although vaccinations have been around for 200 plus years, today in 2013 it is still a most controversial issue. Vaccine by definition is a biological preparation that improves immunity to a particular disease. A vaccine typically contains an agent that resembles a disease-causing microorganism and is often made from weakened or killed forms of the microbe, its toxins, or one of its surface proteins (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vaccine). The National Institute of Health says “in other words, vaccines trick your immune system to teach your body important lessons about how to defeat its opponents.” As effective as some may say vaccines are there has been a significant decrease in people actively getting vaccinations yearly. In this paper I am discussing an article titled “Government should mandate the HPV vaccine.” The author Amanda Marcotte believes that the reason people and in particular parents do not want this vaccine mandated is that they are misinformed. She calls these people “right wing” and claim they have provided wrong and misleading information to liberals. (Marcotte, 2011) Without providing any supporting evidence she claims that this vaccine is as safe and effective as every other vaccine on the market. Although I am not completely against vaccines; eight or nine year old young children should not be forced to have the HPV vaccine. Vaccines are for diseases that could cause major outbreaks in mass proportions and become widespread, dangerous, and murderous to a mass collection of people. HPV is a disease that is easily prevented by proper education, guidance, and direction from the parent to the child. The known side effects that are associated with this vaccine outweigh the positives for receiving it. The author states in her article that HPV is “widespread, nearly inevitable if you're not...
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• Marcotte, A. (2011, September 21). Government should mandate HPV vaccine. XX Factor. Retrieved from http://www.slate.com/blogs/xx_factor/2011/09/21/mandates_are_the_only_real_way_to_address_irrational_fears_of_th.html
• Mercola, J. (2012). New Evidence Demolishes Claims of safety and effectiveness of HPV vaccine. Retrieved from http://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2012/10/16/unproven-hpv-vaccine-safety.aspx
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