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Gov. Perry Decrees - Gardasil For All

Governor Perry has stirred up controversy by issuing an executive order requiring all girls be vaccinated against HPV before entering the 6th grade. Currently, the only way to comply with this new rule is with the Gardasil vaccine from drug company Merck, although it is not specifically required to use this vaccine in the new rule.

Personally, I think vaccinations like these are important, especially when they can be shown to prevent cancer. With all the media attention to "cancer research" and "finding the cure" I find it very odd that there is such resistance. Isn't this what we've been telling the drug companies we want for years? It's not a cure, but if it can prevent you from getting it in the first place, isn't that just as good?

And don't forget this:

Perry also directed state health authorities to make the vaccine available free to girls 9 to 18 who are uninsured or whose insurance does not cover vaccines. In addition, he ordered that Medicaid offer Gardasil to women ages 19 to 21.

That means that if you can't afford it, now can get it.

One thing that is consistently being overlooked in every article I have read about this is this clause in the executive order:

Parents' Rights. The Department of State Health Services will, in order to protect the right of parents to be the final authority on their children's health care, modify the current process in order to allow parents to submit a request for a conscientious objection affidavit form via the Internet while maintaining privacy safeguards under current law.

That means that if you object to the vaccine, you're children don't have to get it. All you have to do is fill out a form.

I read a good post about this over at Thoughts of an Average Woman, where she has some good analysis, and makes some very valid points. Be sure to check out the Femeniste as well.


Be sure to educate yourself about vaccinations before making such a blanket statement. Lots of vaccines contain animal by-products and even fermaldehyde! Gardasil has caused at least 10 deaths in young girls who have gotten the shots!! Read up on it and you'll see why so many people are fighting a law forcing them to inject a brand new vaccine into their daughter's bodies!

Ten deaths out of the millions of applications it has had is "statistically insignificant" if you knew anything about statistics, medicine, or science. There is no such thing as a "risk free" medicine. The benefits outweigh the risks, and the truth of the matter is that if you don't want your kid to be given the injection, YOU DON'T HAVE TO. There is a simple form you complete, give it to your kiddo, and send them on to school. It's really that simple. And with the law in place, if you are too poor to afford it, the state will pay. Without the law, you are just screwed.

People had the same fears when the Polio vaccine was introduced ... and the smallpox vaccine ... and the ... People fear what they don't understand.

Perhaps you should learn more.

where can my daugther can get the shot? i live north
austin we dont have insurance

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