DH and I were taking DD to see her endocrinologist yesterday, and the HPV commercial (which seems to be on TV about 37 times a day, on average) came on the radio - he says to me, WTH is up with the HPV thing all of a sudden? So I told him, "Well what do you think? They're coming out with a vaccine, of course - and they need to scare us all into running out to get shot up!"
He was skeptical, until I reminded him about the Menactra campaign - how bacterial meningitis suddenly became a raging epidemic on US college campuses in the last year or so.
Originally Posted by LongIsland
If you or anyone else want their children to get this vaccine when it becomes available, that's your perogative . . .
I agree. If you are confident that this vax will help YOU avoid cervical cancer, then by all means get it. I won't belittle you for making a truly informed choice.
|This vaccine will undoubtedly be universally recommended . . . and vaccines universally recommended and placed on the CDC immunization schedule have historically led to daycare/school/college mandates. The only vaccine not yet on state mandate lists is the influenza vaccine . . . and it's only a matter of time on that one because it just went on the list.
This "cancer vaccine" will be no different. It may take a few years, but it will be mandated. Not only mandated, but the indication age will probably be lowered to infancy in the years to come . . . ya know, so they can get 'em while their young before they start to have sex . . . like the Hep. B vax at birth. You haven't noticed how they progessively keep approving lower indication ages on these vaxes? The latest was Hep. A lowered to 12 months and now Menactra is set to be lowered to age 2. Hep A vaccine is slowly but surely making the rounds on state mandate lists (there's a bill in the NY legislature trying to mandate Hep A along with pneumoccocal vaccine . . . with many states following suit if they don't have these two mandated already).
This vaccine will be mandated ultimately . . . it's happened with every vaccine on the list. ACIP recommendation is a mere stepping stone to state-by-state mandation.
is the problem. If YOU want the vax, fine - it'll be easy enough for you to get it. I DON'T want it for my kids. For me, this will be just one more damn thing I'll have to fight over with my ped and any school my kids attend.
It's a waste of my time and energy, since my mind is already made up.