Thursday, April 26, 2007

HPV Debate Continues

Lawmakers in Texas have blocked the mandatory vaccination of tween-age girls entering 6th grade (read more here).
Apparently, the mixture of "under-age girls, cancer, and sex had proven too volatile" for Govenor Rick Perry, who had sponsored the bill that was vetoed.

I do hold the recommendation for vaccinations of young girls (why not boys?) to be suspect, but I also do think that *not* talking about "under-age girls, cancer, and sex" is perhaps more dangerous. Let's have healthy and balanced debates about health and health care - and provide individuals with enough information to make informed decisions.

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