Do you think the government should mandate children getting the HPV Vaccination?

by Rachel on May 31, 2011

I understand that some disease are so contagious that they put society at risk. However, HPV is not one of those diseases so shouldn’t getting the vaccine be up to the parent or the individual?

{ 17 comments… read them below or add one }

lilysorrow May 31, 2011 at 6:12 pm

HPV is a sexually transmitted disease which can be prevented and prevent some cervical cancers by a vaccine. I think it needs to be mandated.

kriz10 May 31, 2011 at 6:24 pm

I think our society in general is over-vaccinated.

DaniZ May 31, 2011 at 7:05 pm

Yes they should. Because over zealous Christian parents think that the HPV vaccine will make their kids go and have sex more.

What they dont’ realize is, a lot of their kids are going to go and have sex even with out the HPV shot and at least they have a lesser risk of dieing from cervical cancer if they have the shot.

My (future) daughter(s) will have the HPV vaccine.

Sleepin' With my Clothes on May 31, 2011 at 7:48 pm

Just because getting the vaccine is a good idea, doesn’t mean it should be forced upon us.

kathy_is_a_nurse May 31, 2011 at 7:51 pm

Mandatory vaccinations of school children is intended to keep them from “catching” something from their classmates while attending school. HPV does not fit that definition. Doctors should certainly educate parents during school physicals of HPV’s benefits; but it should not be mandated, just made available.

d4cav_dragoons_wife84 May 31, 2011 at 8:48 pm

Oh heck no! HPV is a sexually transmitted disease. Yes it is a virus that causes certain kinds of cervical cancer, but you know what? Mandating that every girl get vaccinated is like say “we don’t think you have the self control to not have sex”. It pretty much gives them the green light to have sex as teens! What about AIDS or other STDs? If we mandate vaccinations for HPV then why not for other STDs? Why not take such measures against other things? It’s not fair to make a child take vaccination for an STD. I believe it should be their choice and not until they are at least 18. Any younger than that, unless the girl is clearly sexually active, is ridiculous. Not every girl is a sexually deviant whore and besides, did you know that the male partner is the carrier (the person who spreads) HPV?

tbkmbahr May 31, 2011 at 9:31 pm

Everbody has their own views on vaccines. I honestly think that the HPV vaccine is an outrage and is stupid. It is a waste of money. The world is turning to vaccines for everything in life from the flu to the chickenpox and so on. Lets be honest, these are things that I grew up with and didnt get needles for. Guess what, I turned out healthy. As we speak I am doing some research on whether vaccines are beneficial or not.

Michael . May 31, 2011 at 10:08 pm

the government should only have the right to vaccinate upon the threat of a contagious disease that was impairing or life threatening otherwise it is an individual responsibility

chelsie May 31, 2011 at 10:11 pm

Vaccines shouldn’t be forced on us if it is not deadly.

Barbara C May 31, 2011 at 10:52 pm

I think it should be mandated because parents now days are not responsible enough for their children, when I see on the news tha 5th and 6th graders are having sex in a class room, you can only immagine what is going on outside of school. They are making poor choices, but if they have the vaccine, then at least they are protected until they can be mature enough to make intelligent choices. If we could be assured our children would not be raped, or molested, or choose to do the things very young children should not be doing. Then I would say no, but with the world the way it is, I am all for it.

iampatsajak May 31, 2011 at 11:04 pm

As a woman with HPV (that got the disease from my husband) I say ABSOLUTELY. Even waiting until you are married doesn’t stop the spread.

This vaccine prevents women from getting CERVICAL CANCER. It does not prevent them from all strains of HPV (there are many).

I cannot tell you how scary it is to have precancerous cells on my cervix. I cannot tell you how embarassing it is to have the skin tags.

If I ever have a daughter I will absolutely vaccinate her against this- it’s the first ever cancer vaccine and we need to be using it. It’s not useful if you do not give it to a young girl.. by the time they ARE sexually active it is too late.

ciaotutti1027 May 31, 2011 at 11:23 pm

The average age that kids start having sex now adays is just over 14 years old. Hows that for the parent here that don’t think it should be mandatory. When your daughters are out having sex and not telling you, they should be protected. Just like they can get condoms from the health teacher or a doctor because they are having sex and they don’t want to tell thier parents.

llllll_amanda_lllllll May 31, 2011 at 11:38 pm

There is a high percentage of women in my family and my husbands that get cervical cancer, including my mother and my sister who both had to have hysterectomy’s at early ages in order to rid themselves of the cancer. My mother had hers at 32 and my sister at 28. I have a 2 year old daughter who is in the high risk category for cervical cancer. If i can get her that shot that might help prevent her chances of contracting cervical cancer then I am going to. HPV is more common that what you think and is one of the leading causes of cervical cancer.
This vaccine and teaching our children to practice safe sex or abstinence are the best ways of protecting our children’s health.
When I took my daughter in for her 2 year check up i asked the pediatrician about it and what he thought, he said that if you can help prevent cancer by one little shot, why wouldn’t you. He suggested that my daughter get the shot when she is between 9 and 11 years old. He then asked me how old i was. I am 26 and he said that the cut off for the vaccine is 26 and i should talk to my doctor about receiving the shot as well.

In my opinion if we can protect our daughters reproductive health by a vaccine and help reduce their chances of getting a type of cancer then why not. In my state it is already a mandatory vaccine and even if it wasn’t i would insist that my daughter get the shot.

*Miranda* May 31, 2011 at 11:48 pm

I was actually having this conversation with my father in law last night. I don’t think it would be right to mandate something like that….what if it causes infertility? What are the exact side effects? It is NOT the governments choice to decide what’s best for our children.. Look where it’s gotten us before

i_do_not_like_stupidity June 1, 2011 at 12:20 am

I think it’s a good idea to encourage vaccination. If I had daughters, I would make them get the vaccine.
Even if somebody doesn’t have sex before marriage, you never know if their future spouse is going to cheat on them and transmit HPV, or if they are going to be raped by a guy who has been exposed to HPV.
However, I do not think that it should be mandatory, at least not right now. My hang up with the vaccine is that it’s only been out for less than 5 years, and nobody knows if there are any negative long run side effects. It has been tested extensively, but some side effects do not manifest for a number of years, and are only noticeable on a very large sample.
It would be wrong to force it upon people until the long run effects are completely known.

ayisha b June 1, 2011 at 12:32 am

No the government shouldn’t force anyone to get a vaccine.

missdarkstar June 1, 2011 at 1:24 am

yes!!! it should be mandatory…if only for females.

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