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the release of the vaccines has stirred up a great deal of controversyespecially because many medical and health organizations are proposingthat these vaccines become a mandatory part of the currentimmunization program for children. The debate centers on the fact thatthe immunization is recommended for children between the ages of nineand twelve. This early age for vaccination is important in order toimmunize all children before they contract genital HPV. But a vaccine
for a sexually transmitted infection at such a young age is objectionableto many parents. Here is a brief summary of the arguments on both sidesof the HPV vaccine controversy. Anti-Vaccine Arguments Pro-VaccineArguments The vaccines will give children %E2%80%9Cpermission%E2%80%9D to have unprotected sexual intercourse. These are amongthe most important vaccines in history in that they areessentiallyanticancer vaccines. Research demonstrates that the vaccines will notalter sexual behavior in children in any direction B STIs arerightly orwronglyan uncommon reason that children avoid sexual activity. Theysend %E2%80%9Cmixed messages%E2%80%9D to children. Childrenhear the message to wait to become sexually active and yet they arereceiving a vaccine against an STI. The vaccines are virtually 100%25effective in preventing the four most common and dangerous strains ofgenital HPV. Mandatory vaccination infringes on parental rights indeciding health matters for their children. Medicallyschool-agedchildren are the appropriate group for vaccination against diseases. Allfifty states allow parents to opt out of childhood vaccinations. Inadditionthe vaccine will motivate parents to be more active in thechildren%E2%80%99s sexual health. They are not the same as othervaccines. Because genital HPV is only transmitted through sexualactivityit does not pose the same risk assaymeasleschicken poxandpoliowhich are highly contagious airborne viruses. As for manyvaccinesthe risk of infection is not large at the time of the vaccinebutthe protection is aimed at laterpotential exposure. If all children wereimmunized from genital HPVover 1 300 deaths from cancer would beavoided per year. These will %E2%80%9Cmedicalize%E2%80%9D theproblems of risky behaviors and impede the ability to instill positivemorals and values in children. They will significantly reduce health costsnationally by preventing both HPV and the associated cervicaloralpenilethroatand vaginal cancers. Currentlythe cost of genital HPVand its associated illnesses is estimated at %245 billion per year. Thesevaccines would be discriminatory in that access to them will be moredifficult for certain low-incomedifficult-to-reachand uninsured girlsand women. Making the HPV vaccine mandatory for schoolchildren isthe best way to ensure it reaches the largest percentage of the population.
Current school health programs will defray the costas is currently thecase for other vaccines. These may undermine current efforts at

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Term
Spring
Professor
Ms. Lee
Tags
Human Sexuality, Sexual intercourse, Human sexual behavior, Oral sex

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