There is a new vaccine called Gardasil that can prevent the human papillomavirus (HPV), which has been identified to cause cervical cancer. This is wonderful news. However, the talk about making it mandatory for school aged girls to take the vaccine concerns me.
I have three daughters, and I wouldn't want to see any of them get cancer. What mother would? However, I don't know that I would give them the vaccine. Never mind the moral implications or the cost, they really don't matter much to me. What matters is that I don't believe this vaccine has been proven enough yet.
I think this rush to push it on the public is another ploy by lobbyists to make their companies money. I think if this drug proves itself over time, that parents will willingly sign up to have their children vaccinated rather than being mandated to do so (we do it for all the other vaccines, don't we?). Side effects from this vaccine though are yet undetermined. There have been adverse side-effects from vaccines previously, this one is no different and no one wants their daughters to be guinea pigs for this drug. Thanks, but no thanks.
I was rather relieved to hear that Merck, the manufacturer, has decided to back off on lobbying for making the vaccine mandatory. For now anyway.
What would you do? Would you have your daughter/s vaccinated?