Do you want your girl to have this vaccine?

Tue, 02/06/2007 - 5:13pm
By: Letters to the ...

Americans perpetuate apathy when we do not vote or when we are content to sit back and “let Joe do it.” Worse yet, we practice it when we do not get involved in our children’s lives. It is a lot easier in the short term if we just let the government, schools, or social organizations teach their value system.

There is currently underway in our country a lobbying effort by Merck & Co. to have state legislatures pass laws requiring their drug, Gardasil, to be injected into our female youth beginning at about ages 11-12.

The proposed law would require your child to have this set of three injections in order to be able to attend a public school. Some insurance companies have even been convinced to cover all or a portion of the $360 cost for the three shots.

While Gardasil claims to block infection of four strains of human papilloma virus, which could lead to cervical cancer many years later in life, the method of “forcing” this drug on the populace by legislation is unacceptable in a free society.

It is this method of enforcement that is the issue here, not a debate over whether the vaccine may be good or bad.

In the first state to make this law, the governor of Texas has already signed an order requiring girls entering the sixth grade in the 2008 school year to have this vaccination.

This is just another invasion of family decision-making by government. A law of this type could be used as a precedent in our legal system to impose many other laws on our society, the magnitude of which only the greed of man can conceive.

If we continue to practice apathy it will not be long before our daughters will be subjected to this law in our state. If you do not want yet another decision about training up your children taken away, you best be calling your state representative and senator.

For those that have access to the Internet, [go to] the Centers for Disease Control [to learn] more about HPV.

Ron Black
blac622 (at)

login to post comments

Comment viewing options

Select your preferred way to display the comments and click "Save settings" to activate your changes.
Submitted by IMNSHO on Tue, 02/06/2007 - 5:54pm.

There is no more "requirement" than for any other vaccine. Getting your children vaccinated, against anything, *IS* optional. This would be, too.

Submitted by theshow on Wed, 02/07/2007 - 2:40pm.

Sure the vaccine is going to be optional, at least as optional as attending school considering girls will not be allowed to enter the 6th grade without the vaccination(as will be the law in Texas), And just like paying income tax is optional considering there are no laws saying that you must. My definition of optional must be different from yours and the governments. This does not sound optional to me.

Submitted by IMNSHO on Wed, 02/07/2007 - 2:44pm.

Because with ALL vaccinations, you can sign a waiver, even though it is "the law" that all children receive those vaccinations by whatever time. There are some who do not believe in vaccinations for religious or other reasons... there *is* an out for those who are willing to sign the waiver.

Comment viewing options

Select your preferred way to display the comments and click "Save settings" to activate your changes.