Mandating the HPV Vaccine for Sixth Grade Girls Essay

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Mandating the HPV Vaccine for Sixth Grade Girls The Human Papillomavirus (HPV) is the most common sexually transmitted disease in the United States (Cook 210). There are over 100 types of HPV viruses and 30 or more of these viruses that can be sexually transmitted. (Vamos, McDermott, Daley 303). There are approximately 20 million people in the United States that are infected with HPV, and there are about 6.2 million new HPV cases each year (Vamos, McDermott, and Daley 303). Even though most HPV cases are non-cancerous, two of the HPV strains are known to cause 70 percent of cervical cancer, and the other two strains cause 90 percent of genital warts cases (Javitt, Berkowitz, and Gostin 384). Mendenhall, Elisa, and O'Mara stated, "Because …show more content…
Gardasil is expected to provide protection against the four strains of HPV that are linked to cervical cancer and genital warts (Javitt, Berkowitz, and Gostin 384). Gardasil cost $120.00 per dose-$360.00 for three doses, and should be given before a girl becomes sexually active to maintain full benefits of the vaccination (Cook 211). Recent studies have proven that Gardasil has had no serious side effects, and the vaccine appears to provide protection for only 5 years (Vamos, McDermott, and Daley 305). Governor Perry, ordered state health authorities to allow all girls between the ages of nine and eighteen, who were uninsured or whose insurance did not cover the vaccine, to have free access to the vaccine (Cook 211). The HPV vaccine should be mandated for all girls because the CDC recommends the HPV vaccine to be safe, and the vaccine can be administer to females between the ages of 9 and 26 (Vamos, McDermott, and Daley 303). According to Vamos, McDermott, and Daley, "Opponents claim that the HPV vaccine will change the onset and frequency of sexual activity in girls" (302). The HPV vaccine is an anti-cancer vaccine not an avenue to promote sexual activity (Vamos, McDermott, and Daley 307). Some girls will not even realize that they have been infected with the HPV virus because they will show no symptoms of the virus, and approximately 80 percent of females will have acquired some type of HPV

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