Dr. Fuhrman on HPV Vaccinations
Mandatory HPV vaccinations have been in the news lately. Now I don’t know a lot about them, but the whole topic is a big deal to Dr. Fuhrman. Check out this article he sent over from the American Academy of Family Physicians. It seems the push to require HPV vaccination for school entry might be a little premature. Cindy Borgmeyer reports:
In the face of a growing number of states taking up legislation that calls for vaccination of preteen girls against the human papillomavirus, or HPV, as a requirement for school entry, the Academy has adopted a more cautious tone, saying it's too early to consider mandating the vaccine in the absence of more definitive data about its use and a better understanding of the logistical issues involved in making it available to this sizable patient population.Dr. Fuhrman’s also leery about it. He shared his thoughts with me:
A policy statement developed by the AAFP Commission on Science and approved Feb. 7 by Board Chair Larry Fields, M.D., of Flatwoods, Ky., laid out the Academy's reservations about taking such a hard-line stance, saying it was "premature to consider school entry mandates for HPV vaccine until such time as the long-term safety with widespread use, stability of supply and economic issues have been clarified."
Of note is the statement made by the American Academy of Family Physicians that we do not know the long-term safety or even the effectiveness of the vaccine, yet (likely under pressure of drug companies). Many states are making the vaccine mandatory.
The point here is that in this country we allow legislatures to mandate which medications we must give our children? People are not allowed to have an opinion about drugs and vaccines different from the majority opinion, in spite of the controversies and poorly studied short and long-term risks.
Remember this is not about arguing about the effectiveness or value of vaccines, just whether we should mandate medical care and take another freedom away from Americans. We no longer have the freedom to take or not take medications. Sounds like the Taliban to me.
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