Should The Vaccine Be Vaccinated Against Hpv?

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Not a very strong case could be made for requiring that schoolgirls ages twelve and upward be required to be vaccinated against HPV. The vaccine only protects against two cancer-causing strains of HPV, so those who are vaccinated must still be regularly tested for precancerous changes in cervical cells, with a regular pap smear exam. Because of this many parents may object to exposing their children to the risks of side effects that come along with the vaccine. The HPV virus is spread by sexual contact, not airborne or casual interaction, so schools shouldn’t be able to mandate that the vaccine be a requirement for school girls.
Looking at the principles of beneficence, non-maleficence, justice, and autonomy we can evaluate the requirement of the HPV vaccination through the ethical theory of principlism. The principle of autonomy indicates that people should make their own choices and decisions, but this law would be forcing someone to make a decision regarding their lifestyle choices, not from a student’s presence in a school classroom. The principle of beneficence, which is doing good, however does support the case in which HPV does prevent some strains of cervical cancer and genital warts. There are potential harms that fall under the principle of non-maleficence however, there could be less pap smear exams given if the student feels they are now insusceptible to developing cervical cancer. The HPV disease is sexually transmitted therefore it is unreasonable to require
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