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    Friday, March 02, 2007

    Land of Mandates: Virginia has joined Texas in mandating the HPV vaccine. As has become usual, the objection to the vaccine in the news stories always boils down to this:

    Because the virus is transmitted through sexual contact, some parents and politicians worry that mandating the vaccine might encourage promiscuity. But a bipartisan majority in the General Assembly voted overwhelmingly in favor of the mandate.

    No mention of the high cost. You can bet that if parents had to pay for the vaccine - even a third of its price - the politicians wouldn't be passing these mandates quite so breezily. Of course, parents will pay - with higher insurance premiums, but when they get their bills it isn't going to say anything about the mandates. They'll just holler that they're being robbed by the insurance companies.
     

    posted by Sydney on 3/02/2007 12:35:00 PM 4 comments

    4 Comments:

    All of the information I have seen indicates private practice doctors will loose money with every shot. Nationwide there will be 2M girls mandated for this vaccination every year.

    The money for this program will have to come from somewhere and I will bet we will see a tax increase. Our school system is screaming again for more money, and this will add fuel to the fire.

    Now that we are willing to vaccinate for less than 1% of cancers resulting in less than 1% of cancer deaths, with no decline in testing, what can we now add to the list of mandated vaccines. Cost does not seem to be an issue.

    Steve Lucas

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 1:32 PM  

    Texas has only "sorta" mandated the vaccine. The governor issued a mandate but the legislature is currently busy at work trying to find ways to keep it from happening.The Texas Medical Association has concerns and there is much opposition from the conservative side of the isle and in Texas that is a pretty big side.

    By Blogger james gaulte, at 4:07 PM  

    Wow, Lucas nice figures. Any numbers on how many lives are actually saved by this a year? My understanding is the vaccine isn't 100% effective.

    By Anonymous Dara, at 8:11 PM  

    Dara,

    From the Feb. 7, Wall Street Journal we find about 3, 670 women will die from cervical cancer. A tragic loss, that should not be minimized, but this compares to the 178,480 women diagnosed with breast cancer and 40,460 who will die of this terrible disease.

    Remember this vaccine is only eight months old has yet to save any lives. There is also the question of: Will there be a need to revaccinate in five years?

    Steve Lucas

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 8:52 AM  

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