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Tara S. Gibbs February 5, 2008 English 102 Marc Napolitano Mandating the HPV Vaccine Has Merck actually developed a vaccination series to prevent a type cancer? Gardasil is the premier vaccine to prevent the Human Papillomavirus (HPV), which has been proven responsible for growths resulting in cervical cancer in women. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates that over 20 million people in the United States are currently infected with HPV(“How Do People Get HPV?”). This number may seem startling, but recently the Food & Drug Administration (FDA) approved a vaccine to protect young females from HPV. Even though most Americans would support a vaccine to prevent a form of cancer, a controversy arises when state legislators are considering making the immunization against HPV mandatory for pre-pubescent females. On the one hand, scientists claim that mandating the vaccine will be an enormous step in the fight against cancer; however, opponents argue that it is not necessary to enforce the immunizations by law. Both make compelling arguments in support of their respective sides, but the scientists fall short in a number of areas, including differentiating between government and parental rights, lack of long-term testing, proper evaluations on affordability, and inaccurately portraying the dangers of HPV. Researchers who support a law mandating the HPV vaccine for girls use the vaccine’s efficiency as their primary argument. Francisco A. R. Garcia and Debbie Saslow found that, “in the study population, however, and with follow-up data for more than 5 years, these studies consistently demonstrate nearly 100% efficacy in the prevention of persistent type-specific HPV infections,” (766). The vaccine has been proven to be very capable of preventing certain types of HPV to infect the body. Other trials confirm the efficiency of the vaccine, by stating that the HPV vaccine prevented 70% of the growths that lead to cervical cancer (Allen, Arthur par. 8) . The HPV vaccine has repeatedly proven to be highly efficient in offsetting the growths that
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Gibbs 2 cause cervical cancer. The scientific perspective fails to take into account ethical concerns. Ethical concerns are vital because the law deals with the welfare of America’s children,
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