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.