Should the law require girls to receive the HPV vaccine?

by Rachel on June 2, 2011

The vaccine is fairly new, but should it be treated like the other vaccines that are mandatory throughout childhood? Please vote yes or no and explain why.

{ 16 comments… read them below or add one }

Cysteine June 2, 2011 at 3:11 pm

No. You cannot force anyone to medicate themselves.

xox_bass_player_xox June 2, 2011 at 3:51 pm

no ………………….. because it does not prevent a communicable disease like measles or mumps. Children should only be required to recieve vaccines that protect other people as well as themselves.

Mandy June 2, 2011 at 4:50 pm

I think it should be a mandatory shot that you need for school. The majority of women get some form of HPV in their life and they may not even know it. It can cause lifelong problems (such as cancer or not being able to have children) that could have been prevented with a simple shot.

(Assuming it has been tested and is safe)

Fluffy Ewe June 2, 2011 at 5:41 pm

NO!! this vaccine has not been thoroughly tested to see if it is safe enough for our barely teen girls. It was developed and marketed, not tested!!!

What are the side effects of this?? No one is talking about that!!

Billy June 2, 2011 at 5:46 pm

the law could never require that, its a violation of your basic human rights, the ones enforced globally.

ilovehuckabays June 2, 2011 at 6:35 pm


Elbowgrease June 2, 2011 at 7:35 pm

No. The government should keep their noses out of our lives. We are supposed to be free people.

young adult June 2, 2011 at 8:35 pm

No because it can have serious side effects, three girls died. You shouldn’t be forced to medicate yourself.

Irv S June 2, 2011 at 8:45 pm

No. Any vaccine imposes some risk.
Taking this one should be an adult decision.

ana June 2, 2011 at 8:47 pm

No I don’t because it is not like polio etc. that threatens the entire nation and it could promote having sexual intercourse earlier than would otherwise.I think this is a family decision,not the government.

Silvara June 2, 2011 at 9:42 pm

no. for now it’s still new, and while they’re deciding whether or not to make it mandatory, i think they should do improvements so everything could be 100% secure. I think that it’s also a matter of personal opinion since it’s about a sexual life that you shall discuss w/ your children, or ect. Plus, it’s a bit too costly for those who have no health plan.

TweetyBird June 2, 2011 at 10:13 pm

Although some states have a law in place or are considering one, and I strongly urge that parents of girls 9 and up arrange for their daughters to be vaccinated, I still believe that this vaccine should be optional.

If you don’t have an MMR you can get measles, mumps or rubella. True. And these are contagious. True again. Not getting a Gardasil injection will not automatically result in a female contracting HPV. True yet again. It requires sexual contact and specifically unprotected contact.

Gardasil doesn’t protect against all HP viruses. Long-term effects are not yet known. Some girls may wish to remain virgins until marriage or until they are much older. These females are not at risk for HPV. I say let this vaccination be the parental decision (for younger girls) or joint-decision (for older girls) of the kids and teens involved and their parents.

Big K June 2, 2011 at 10:58 pm

It should not be forced upon anyone since that violates a very basic right of humanity

alynnemgb June 2, 2011 at 11:22 pm

No. This is not like requiring the MMR vaccine. Gardasil doesn’t not protect agaist all HPV types, only the most common. HPV is still preventalbe disease by means other than vaccination (abstinence, using comdoms, etc.). It should be a choice as to whether or not someone wants to be vaccinated.

iamhis0 June 2, 2011 at 11:57 pm

No, absolutely not. It is way to new, there is no way of knowing the long term effects or how long it lasts. It also contains questionable ingredients, like polysorbate 80, a known carcinogen. And, like all vaccines, it is not tested for carcinogenic or teratogenic properties, or effects on fertility. Luckily, even if they try to make it mandatory, there are exemptions in place that can allow us parents to decide what is best for our kids.

t a June 3, 2011 at 12:56 am

no way-big brother is an idiot! the gardasil vaccine is dangerous and inneffective. The problem of hpv is vastly overblow. It is easily avoided also.

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