February 25, 2007 |
When Texas Gov. Rick Perry ordered that all of the state's middle-school-aged girls be vaccinated against a sexually transmitted virus that causes cervical cancer, the backlash was swift and sure. Critics argued that the executive order promoted promiscuity, trampled on parental rights and subjected children to a new vaccine with unknown long-term effects. Texas lawmakers, unhappy that Perry sidestepped their authority, pushed a bill through committee that would rescind the mandate.
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February 12, 2007 |
George Warren didn't mind getting his 9-year-old daughter vaccinated against chickenpox. He didn't object to any of the 10 or so inoculations that California requires. But a vaccine to prevent cervical cancer and genital warts? For a preteen girl? "She's not gonna need it," said Warren, a 30-year-old land surveyor from Rescue, Calif., about 28 miles from Sacramento. "I'm a good parent. I tell her what's right and wrong."
August 11, 2008 |
Sandra Levy wants to do everything she can to safeguard the health of her 11-year-old daughter -- and that, of course, includes cancer prevention. She has had her child inoculated with one shot of Gardasil, the human papilloma virus vaccine that may prevent cervical cancer. But now, she says, she has serious reservations about going ahead with the next two injections of the course. "It's very confusing, and we really don't know if it's 100% safe," says Levy, of Long Beach.
December 10, 2013 |
Having taken a fair amount of heat from the science-based community for her recent show promoting scare stories about an important immunological vaccine, Katie Couric has backed off. In a piece appearing Tuesday in the Huffington Post, the TV host conceded that some of the criticism that the segment was " too anti-vaccine and anti-science" was "valid...in retrospect. " She acknowledged that "m ore emphasis should have been given to the safety and efficacy of the HPV vaccines.
November 17, 2009 |
Immigrant girls and women will no longer have to be vaccinated against a sexually transmitted virus to get their green cards. Girls and women seeking to become legal permanent U.S. residents were required to get at least the first dose of the vaccine against human papillomavirus. Starting Dec. 14, the HPV vaccine will no longer be on the list of immunizations that immigrants must receive before getting their green card, the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said Friday.
February 13, 2007
Re "Proposal to require HPV vaccine stirs concerns," Feb. 12 I am amazed that George Warren won't vaccinate his preteen daughter for the human papilloma virus, the sexually transmitted virus that causes cervical cancer. He says she doesn't need it because he is a good parent and tells her what is right and wrong. Is he psychic? He somehow knows his daughter will never be raped? She'll never have a husband who lies about his history or cheats on her? For all other parents who do not have such psychic abilities, please vaccinate your daughters and possibly save their lives.
October 14, 2011 |
How and why potentially — and historically — life-saving vaccinations, especially those mandated for children, have become a 21st century medical and political tinderbox is deftly examined by producers and co-directors Kendall Nelson and Chris Pilaro in their provocative documentary "The Greater Good. " The filmmakers put human faces on this polarizing issue by focusing largely on three American children devastated, it is believed, by post-vaccine side effects. They include Gabi Swank, an inspiring teen who suffered neurological damage after taking the much-hyped HPV vaccine to prevent cervical cancer (this same vaccine put advocate Gov. Rick Perry in the cross hairs during a recent GOP presidential debate)
September 14, 2011
As GOP presidential candidates tussle over the latest issue to split the field — oddly enough, it's the rather obscure question of whether states should mandate vaccinating girls against a sexually transmitted virus — it's hard to tell which one ends up looking worst. But our vote goes to Minnesota Rep. Michele Bachmann, whose rumor-mongering rampage against a safe and effective vaccine could discourage parents from protecting their daughters against cancer. During Monday's debate, Bachmann and former Sen. Rick Santorum lashed out at Texas Gov. Rick Perry over his 2007 executive order that Texas schoolgirls had to be vaccinated against human papillomavirus (the order was later overturned by the state legislature)
May 11, 2006 |
With conservative opposition softening, scientists say a vaccine that could eliminate most cases of cervical cancer appears headed toward government approval for girls as young as 9. The Food and Drug Administration is expected to decide next month whether to grant a license to Merck & Co., which hopes to market the vaccine against the human papillomavirus (HPV). The sexually transmitted virus can trigger cervical cancer and genital warts.
November 20, 2006 |
Q: I have human papilloma virus. Can I still get the shot that just came out -- even though I already have the virus? VERENICE Carson City, Calif. A: The first vaccine to prevent human papilloma virus, called Gardasil, become available this year. The federal Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices voted in June to recommended the vaccine (a series of three shots given over a six-month period) for all girls and women ages 9 to 26.