Comp 1- 1:45 M&W
17 October 2011
Critical Engagement Essay
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention claims that the Human papillomavirus (HPV) infects approximately 20 million people in the United States with 6.2 million new cases each year. 99.7% of cervical cancers are linked to human papillomavirus. it is known that an astonishing 80% of females by the age of 50 years old will eventually become infected with this virus. In order to decrease the risk of women contracting the HPV disease, the legislative should mandate the vaccination to all girls ages 10-13 in the United States.
The vaccination itself would consist of getting 3 different shots, either months or weeks apart. You will only need to get these 3 shots one time in your life and it is recommended that girls ages 10-13 receive the shots to be better protected. The shot will protect the female from 4 different types of HPV. It will help 2 HPV diseases that cause 75% of cervical cancer cases and the other 2 HPV diseases that cause 90% of genital warts.(Gardasil).
There then comes the argument of the parents of these young girls versus the legislative in which there are many reasons why they believe that the shot should not be mandated. Dr. Charo, a law professor states that many parents issues with it is that it many believe that it is a “intrusion of parental discretion and an invasion to teenage promiscuity” Family life and how parents see things in their homes won’t be affected by this one shot that will in the long run only help their child. The legislative then argues that there will always be an opt out program for those parents who do not agree with their child being vaccinated by this shot. The opting out could be for medical, religious, or philosophical reasons.
Although, like any other health related shot, there are risks to getting the vaccination. Some risks is very mild side effects such as fainting, headache, or vomiting, which...