Introduction. The Very Controversial Issue Being Discussed

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Introduction The very controversial issue being discussed in this debate is the question should vaccinations such as HPV be mandated for teenage girls? Two different views are offered. This controversy began when the issue was introduced to the real world in 2006. The FDA announced a prophylactic vaccine against 4 strains of HPV. Most importantly is the fact that this vaccination has about a 70% protection against cervical cancers linked to HPV. More CDC recommends routine vaccination for 11-12-year-old girls. It also recommends 13-26-year-old girls who did not have the opportunity for the vaccinations when they were younger. This three-dose vaccination costs about $375, making this vaccination one of the most expensive. In 2007…show more content…
Charo argues that vaccinations against the human papillomavirus, which is the cause of most cervical cancer cases, should be mandatory with only medical, religious, or philosophical exceptions. B. In the second article Gail Javitt, Deena Berkowitz, and Lawrence O. Gostin argue that there are several issues of concern. In this article, they make a distinction between long term safety and the effectiveness of the vaccine is unknown. They present the concern of these risks and they should be weighed against the states interest in protecting the public from these harms. They have several strong arguments that support the decision that government mandated HPV vaccinations are premature. First statement is that long term safety and effectiveness is unknown. ACIP recommendations are based on assumptions regarding the length of duration for immunity and age of sexual debut. They believe the vaccination is not justified for mandating regarding historical “public health necessity” principle. Next is the concern that the government is overreaching their authority. They argue this can lead to risk of public backlash. Distrust by the public and confusion regarding government for profit rather than public health. In conclusion mandating HPV vaccinations would be premature and ill- advised. The distrust could lead to undermining of the current vaccination efforts. C. I will agree with article #2
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