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Old 03-21-2007, 12:18 AM   #21
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The vaccine is new, and while tested, it is difficult to say how it will affect the general population. An official from the cdc even said he didn't recommend the vaccine requirement and that we should move forward slowly...proceed with caution!

The CDC&P is RECOMMENDING that young ladies get the HPV Vaccine.

Most of us probably had hpv at one point or another - it is the most common std...

I really doubt that! And there are many variants of HPV.
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Re: Required Vaccine
Old 03-21-2007, 12:32 AM   #22
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Peacefull, you are much too young to remember the illnesses vaccines can prevent today. Yes, some folks who contracted polio had a mild case, but I have a sorority sister who was in an iron lung for many months, walked with a limp all through adult-hood, and died of it's complications in her 50s. In my youth there were ranks of iron lungs in hospitals. I cried when I saw the last one in town loaded in a metal re-cycling bin.
That's a for-sure! I'll bet that FDR would have wanted a vaccine for polio...

A girl in my elementary school contracted polio. She was out of school for over a year. When she came back, she could barely walk. She did not improve. In some areas, summer was polio time. But nobody knew what area in advance. Seeing people hobbling along with leg braces was not uncommon. Seeing a young person, just a few years older than me, laying in iron lung with their head sticking out on a metal tray, is a visual that leaves an impression. I have no idea if that person survived or not, and if they did, what kind of a life did they have?

Vaccines, a wonderful invention!
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. An official from the cdc even said he didn't recommend the vaccine requirement ....
Who is this 'official'?



Here is the CDC 'party line' -

http://www.cdc.gov/nip/vaccine/hpv/hpv-faqs.htm#2

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Who should get the HPV vaccine?

The Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) recommended routine vaccination for girls 11-12 years of age. The ACIP recommendation also allows for vaccination of girls beginning at nine years old as well as vaccination of girls and women 13-26 years old. Recommendations of the ACIP become CDC policy once they are accepted by director of the CDC and the Secretary of HHS and are published in CDCís Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR).
So, I guess we still need to get a ruling from the director, but the advisory panel says 'yes'.

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Old 03-22-2007, 11:36 AM   #24
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perhaps their recommendation was ok'g the use of the vaccine, not saying it should be mandatory...

http://www.washingtontimes.com/busin...5014-2031r.htm

<<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.
"The vaccines out there now are for very communicable diseases. A child in school is not at an increased risk for HPV like he is measles," Dr. Abramson said.
In addition, Dr. Abramson said a discussion about making the vaccine mandatory should not be had until states show the money is available to vaccinate every child, adding, "I don't see that yet." >>
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perhaps their recommendation was ok'g the use of the vaccine, not saying it should be mandatory...

http://www.washingtontimes.com/busin...5014-2031r.htm
Ah, I see - thanks.

It does appear to be more of the recommendation vs mandatory. That looks to be based on it not being as contagious as other mandatory immunization targets, and funding. But (at least from that quote), not an issue of safety.

Again, I need to do more reading, but so far the risk/reward ratio looks good to me.

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I just watched a lecture on UCTV about the impact of some viruses on newborns. Reminded me of the value of the vaccines for rubella and chicken pox.

BTW, the chicken pox vaccine has been approved for shingles (DH was in the study).
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