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Srdjan Kamenko

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When it comes to vaccine intervention for disease control, should personal liberty go before the benefit to society?

This question is extremely important when one considers current news on the Human Papillomavirus vaccine. The main vaccine, Gardasil, has been widely used on women ages 9-26 since its introduction in 2006. The vaccine first made waves in 2007 when Texas governor Rick Perry issued an executive order to mandate the vaccine for all young women in Texas. Even though it was met with much opposition and ultimately failed, the question still remained: should we have a mandatory HPV vaccine for all women? The two sides of the argument clash, each bringing significant evidence to bear on the issue. Mathematical models indicate that with a vaccine as effective as this one (about 100%), mandating the vaccine will stamp out the virus types targeted by the vaccine. HPV is the most common STI with 45% of college age women currently infected. Freeing society of such a dangerous virus, the number one cause of cervical cancer, is a highlight of the pro-mandate argument. The opposition suggests that personal liberty is at stake, and that parents should have the choice to vaccinate their children if they believe the vaccine is worth it for them. What do you think? Is it reasonable to limit personal liberty for the good of the community in the face of a spreading killer virus?

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  • Mar 6 2012: it is really increddible how we do tend to impose things to everybody and how we are ready to adhere by certain things/ideas/solutions because that agency or corporation has supported it...
    it appears that the vaccine is not reliable and it was another way to make money for the pharmaceutical company marketing it and lobyying your government to approve it... they have tested it on human "cobays" young girls who were tricked into it by ignorant schools.... and not having enough information - but information as knowledge is dangerous for the companies in it for the money
    I understand (?!) that infant vaccines are given also by "choice" - I do not recall the doctor obliging me to vaccinate my son but I did it ...
    why now are we so in into a vaccine which has no guaranties that is working... - from 80% in the beginning they have revised this purcentage to less than 50%... the HPV is not an epidemic - not even H1N1 was not a pandemic as they wanted to frighten us - the same is now
    FEAR FACTOR - and this is reality and not a TV show...

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