CDC vaccine chairman opposes HPV vaccine mandate

From today’s Washington Times:

The chairman of the federal panel that recommended the new cervical-cancer vaccine for pre-teen girls says lawmakers should not make the inoculation mandatory, as the District and more than 20 states, including Virginia, are considering.

Dr. Jon Abramson, chairman of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s advisory committee on immunization practices (ACIP), also said he and panel members told Merck & Co., the drug Gardasil’s maker, not to lobby state lawmakers to require the vaccine for school attendance.

"I told Merck my personal opinion that it shouldn’t be mandated," Dr. Abramson told The Washington Times. "And they heard it from other committee members."

Dr. Abramson said he opposes mandating Gardasil, which prevents the cervical-cancer-causing human papillomavirus (HPV), because the sexually transmitted HPV is not a contagious disease like measles and he is not sure states can afford to inoculate all students….

5 thoughts on “CDC vaccine chairman opposes HPV vaccine mandate”

  1. This is a situation where parents should talk to their family doctor (whom they presumably trust), to get all of the information before making a decision. Sara of just wrote a column about this, illustrating how parents can become confused when they lack information. cheers, tk

  2. Sorry to change the subject a bit but I thought everyone needs to read this article about Barack Obama…
    Barack Obama has belonged to a church for 20 years which professes the following on it’s website…
    Commitment to God
    Commitment to the BLACK Community
    Commitment to the BLACK Family
    Dedication to the Pursuit of Education
    Dedication to the Pursuit of Excellence
    Adherence to the BLACK Work Ethic
    Commitment to Self-Discipline and Self-Respect
    Disavowal of the Pursuit of “Middleclassness”
    Pledge to make the fruits of all developing and acquired skills available to the BLACK Community
    Pledge to Allocate Regularly, a Portion of Personal Resources for Strengthening and Supporting BLACK Institutions
    Pledge allegiance to all BLACK leadership who espouse and embrace the BLACK Value System
    Personal commitment to embracement of the BLACK Value System.
    If you substituted the word “WHITE” instead of “BLACK” would you think this is a church of “WHITE SUPREMACY”?
    Why then would Barack Obama belong to a church with these precepts?
    For more, read Erik Rush’s article written on 2-21-07 titled “Obamination”…
    “Obama’s affiliation with this church, if I must call it that, should be as alarming to the American voter as a Republican candidate for president belonging to the Aryan Brethren Church of Christ. Any argument against this assertion is politically-correct delusion, reverse discrimination and a hypocrisy

  3. I’m more concerned that he’s going to a church than that he’s going to a black church. Sounds like a pretty good church actually. I don’t see the argument that this involves discriminatin at all.

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