Do you think 12 year olds should receive vaccines for HPV?

Texas has passed a law making it mandatory for 12 year olds to receive the vaccination against HPV- a sexually transmitted disease. They want to protect public health.

Do you think it should be the people's choice or the government's choice?

11 Answers

  • Anonymous
    9 years ago
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    I'm all for choice, providing people are able to make informed decisions.

    12 year olds aren't able to make such decisions regarding health care and it's patently obvious, particularly in a state like TX, that the decision cannot rest with the parents.

    Parents aren't necessarily the best people to make health care decisions, even if it is for their own child. The government are listening to the science and medicine supporting vaccines. The vaccine is extremely beneficial.

    Edit: "Sex is private; preventing STDs should be a private decision."

    Well that attitude hasn't worked well thus far has it?

    The vaccine is given to 12 year olds not because it is assumed they are having sex; it is assumed they are NOT yet sexually active. The vaccine works to prevent HPV, which is why it is given before people come into contact with it. It's no point giving it to girls once they come into contact with HPV and it much also be remembered that HPV can be spread through sexual contact, not just intercourse.

  • 9 years ago

    Yes, I think that all 12 year old boys and girls should receive the vaccine for HPV.

    Texas did not pass a law making it mandatory for 12 year olds to receive the HPV vaccine.

    The vaccine prevents two low risk HPV types that cause genital warts. The vaccine prevents two high risk HPV types that cause abnormal cell changes and can progress to cancer. The vaccine can reduce the burden in a our public and private health system in treating genital warts and abnormal cell changes an preventing many cancers.

    The vaccines prevent two high risk HPV types that cause cell changes to a woman cervix. The cost of treating abnormal cell changes and the monitoring is enormous in the public and private sector.

    This STI is often acquired with a first sex partner. The vaccine is given in 3 injections over several months. The vaccines need to be given before any sex. This age group was recommenced because other vaccines are recommended during this age group promoting children to return to their doctor. When Gov Perry tired to make this law in Texas he was navigating in uncharted water. There was much that was unknown about this new vaccine and even less understood about the virus. The vaccine was not covered under any insurance policies at that time. He was offering education and resources for the vaccine and parents did have an opportunity to opt out.

    Perry made poor judgments with presentation, information and his knowledge about the virus then and now but his idea was a good one.

    The vaccine is now recommended by the CDC. Some states do provide resources for the vaccines others don’t. Most insurance do cover the vaccine. Due to the uneducated public, unavailable resources to pay for the vaccine…many young people are going to acquire the virus. Estimates are that about 80% of women will test positive for high risk HPV types at some point. Over half the sexually active populations carries an HPV type or two. Government fund will pay for the treatment and management of the virus for uninsured insurance companies will pick up millions of dollars due to management and treatments due the virus. The vaccine does not prevent all HPV types…but it is our first step forward.

    People do have choices.

  • 9 years ago

    Your information is out of date.

    Gov Perry ordered it by executive order but withdrew it before the project got moving. It was passed by the legislature as an "opt-in" program some time later. No child received the vaccine by the governor's order.

    Gov Perry is rightly castigated for his action, because it removed the decision from the parents, where the decision belongs. He claims his heart was in the right place, but that he moved without sufficiently thinking the issue through. Opponents say he was influenced by the manufacturer, Merck, which donated to his campaign.

    Sen Santorum, at the last debate, made an excellent point: the vaccines that are required for school, all across the US, are vaccines for easily communicable diseases: chicken pox, measles, whooping cough. Under the right circumstances, these can sweep through a school or a neighborhood, and a percentage of the kids will die. It is within the government's purview to prevent such epidemics.

    Gardasil protects against a sexually-transmitted disease; a disease that is not passed in the classroom, but the bedroom, and not likely to 12 year olds, generally! Sex is private; preventing STDs should be a private decision.

  • 9 years ago

    I don't think it should be mandatory, but the problem is that parents will not have their children vaccinated voluntarily.

    And the only reason for their resistance is because it's for a sexually-transmitted disease (HPV is the most common STD), and somewhere in their tiny brains they think it's giving their children permission to have sex.

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  • Pindar
    Lv 7
    9 years ago

    mandatory vaccinations are disgusting and actually against international law ie the Nuremberg accords which state that forced invasive medical procedures for non life threatening conditions are unlawful.

    Mandatory vaccs are actually slavery, if you have no control over what is injected into your own or your child's body then you are a slave -pure and simple.

    And when you research this vaccine you find it's unnecessary, ineffective and has actually harmed many young girls.

  • 9 years ago

    peoples choice, but why wouldnt you want protection from the number one std in the world which causes cervical cancer

    50 percent of sexually active adults have HPV

  • 9 years ago

    Texas requires these immunizations to attend public schools:

    DtaP, Polio, MMR, Hep B, Hep A, Varicella

  • Why not? If they do have sex it will prevent a potentially deadly disease, if they don't then who cares? They're protected against it in the future.

  • 9 years ago

    No. Governments cannot always be trusted to make the right decisions on our behalf. It should be up to the parents to do their own research.

    Source(s): "Gardasil HPV vaccines found contaminated with recombinant DNA that persists in human blood" = "Gov. Rick Perry knowingly lied and told Texas families that he had the power to force their young girls to be vaccinated with Gardasil, the same vaccine that he knew was killing people in the few test trials that were run on it." :-/
  • 9 years ago

    Should? Yes.

    Required? Hell NO.

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