This is a new vaccine; how many times have drugs been recalled because of lethal side effects? How dare he ORDER parents to subject their still developing daughters to this unknown vaccine? What if they find out in 10 years it causes birth defects? Outrageous!
I have a 10 year old granddaughter in TX and I am angry about this. Does anyone remember the swine flu vaccine that killed people years ago? We all know these political people take bribes from lobbyists and this guy has other ties to Merck. He is against stem cell research that could help millions, but he wants to force this on people? Do you think he really cares about the cervical cancer rate or his stock in Merck?
I live in TX, and have thought of asking my doctor for the vaccine. I know that all children now have to get the chicken pox vaccine. but I don't know what I think of about the one for hvp, and I just heard about it, and that the cancer can be caused by a virus.
As a mother in Texas with a young daughter and also as a cervical cancer survivor, i for one will NOT be giving my child this vaccine. This vaccine only protects against 4 strains of HPV & only in women. There are over 100 known strains. Over 80% of the US population (yes this figure includes men as well) has this disease. In over 70% of women it causes no signs or symptoms.
I have been thru the multiple surgeries and other treatments to rid my body of this horrible cancer. With that said, I do not feel like I should risk my child's cervical health for some state order. i do not like Gov Perry and did not vote for him. He gives republicans a bad name. He is money hungry and in no way has the states daughters interests at heart.
My daughter is only 2 (3 in April) but she will not get this vaccine regardless.
Too many ifs & buts about this vaccine. Merck is touting this as a cure all. Well Merck-- you cant cure it if you only treat 1/2 the population. Abstinence and sex education is a better option here. If a pharmaceutical company is going to come out with a vaccine, they need to recommend it for the whole population not for just the sector of the population that develops a disease from the virus. Most women who develop cervical cancer or dysplasia catch the virus from their male partners. Merck is in effect saying with this vaccine and their tv advertising that men are not affected by this virus. This is a load of BS. Just because men are almost always silent carriers of this virus means we need to help protect them too as well as educate them.
Shame on Gov Rick Perry and shame on Merck for this horrible virus that they are now perpetuating untruths about.
Oh great I have to get on the bus in 20 minutes... I am SICK that I voted for that MORON Perry. If I had a daughter this age I would opt out and encourage every parent to do so. This is nothing more than a political grandstand to further his agenda to be the VP running mate in '08....Telling parents how to raise their daughters. forcing them to put viruses in their bodies to protect them from something they won't get if they are ABSTINENT.....Yikes Perry is scary
Alicat, what I think you are missing is this is being forced down parents throats. This vaccine is new, who's to say in 10 years that it won't cause birth defects, infertility, etc.? It looks like Perry is in bed with Merck, let's make him take the shots, since men are the carriers of the virus. Do you want your daughter to be the unwilling, unpaid test subject for this thing? I sure as heck don't want my granddaughter to be.
Dallas, please give details. If it is true, it's not slander! And elected officials is just another way of saying theiving liars.
Not to mention that there is very little info that has been given to the general public, other that it will protect you. But what are the side affects, how long was it tested, and exactly how do you get cancer for this virus. My mom is a nurse for Baylor and transfered to there research dept about 5 years ago, and I had never hear of this. And she does work for the Cancer dept there.
alicat -- I don't have anything against the vaccine itself, and I don't question your wanting it for your daughter -- I'm just questioning the urgency and the states attempting to make it a mandated thing. Somebody has to pay for these things, and if the series is 3 x $100, it isn't coming cheap. Is this where we need to focus our Medicaid dollars?
Look at it this way: If you were controlling the budget of a public health department, and had an additional $1M to spend, how would you spend it? This amount could cover the cost of vaccinating between 3000 and 4000 girls, possibly preventing how many cancers? 20 - 30 years in the future? Would the money be better spent elsewhere for more immediate benefit? I think so.
p.s. Chicken pox is NOT a benign virus if you contract it as an older teen or as an adult.
While I'm not really for government interference in anything I see what they are trying to do.
There are a lot of parents out there who will not let their kids get the vaccine simply because they think it means their kids will be whores-and if you think thats not an issue you should hear the crap I hear people say about it. I am closely related to some right to life freaks and they are already preaching that the vaccine is the begining of the end.
so if parents are going to refuse it because they think it will lead to sex-thats bull and I see why the state steps in and says its required.
I do wonder about its safety but this has been around a while-I think it jsut took longer to approve because they wanted to be sure.
and if a shot was to protect me from one typee of cancer out of 100 diffrent strains I would take it.
I think it should be a girls own decision but with all the crap the right to life people are alreay saying I thnk its hard for them to even make an informed decision.
Sex ed and abstinence is not the answer simply because no matter how faithfull you are and you abstain to marrige etc,you never know what your partner will bring home-its a sad truth.
If I have any beliefs about immortality, it is that certain dogs I have known will go to heaven, and very, very few persons -James Thurber
I wish I had gotten the chicken pox vaccine, but they didn't have it when I was little. Once you have the virus it is alway with you. And at 26 I had an outbreak of Shingles, which is the chicken pox virus, I was bedridden for around 7 months, the pain was and still is horrible. the virus damaged many of the nevers in my back.
Alicat - Actually Chicken Pox can be deadly. I, like you, never realized how dangerous it can be... I thought it was a right of passage, so to speak into adult hood... but the truth is that for many people who get chicken pox the high fevers and the virus itself can cause many complications. My girlfriends daughter died of chicken pox.
I love that they have come up with a vaccination to help prevent cervical cancer - but I agree that we need to know more about it. And it is definitely not a cure all.
"It's a dog-eat-dog world out there... and I'm wearing milk bone underpants"
The vaccine where I live costs $600 total for a series of three injections. I intend to get it for my soon 15 year old daughter but respect the rights of parents to decide for themselves and their daughters whether or not they want it. This isn't a government decision, I believe. The vaccine may not prevent every case of cervical cancer, but it sure will help. Please don't rule it out without a good deal of study and conversations with your doctors. Like millions, I've been at the bedside of too many people dying of cancer - the last, my wonderful father just over a year ago. I'm overjoyed at the progress against one form this vaccine provides. When I was a child, my mother didn't let me have flouride because she was worried about it hurting me. Well - not having flouride has hurt me an awful lot more than she could have ever imagined.