Pittsburgh Seeks Mandatory HPV Vaccines For High School Students

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HPV vaccine mayhem just reached a new level in the city of Pittsburgh. Health officials are currently creating plans to push through a bill to make HPV vaccines mandatory. Karen Hacker, director of the Allegheny County Health Department, told Pittsburgh’s Post Gazette that they should have something to present board members, at which time it will be decided if the county moves forward with mandatory HPV vaccines.

In Pennsylvania, 48.2 percent of females between 13 and 17 years old and 26 percent of males received all three shots in 2014, according to CDC data. In the Pittsburgh region, 27 percent of girls and 21.8 percent of boys ages 14-17 were fully vaccinated in 2014, according to the Jewish Healthcare Foundation.

The article starts off using a coach who endured 35 radiation treatments for throat cancer, which he alleges is caused by HPV. He will be heavily used to push the agenda forward for health officials.

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The evidence that HPV causes cancer is widely regarded as flimsy. But it remains the mainstay centerpiece for marketing draconian legislations such as forced vaccination for HPV. This vaccination also comes with serious side-effects. People should understand the risks before just accepting the shot.

As it stands,  the Pennsylvania Department of Health requires children to have one dose of meningococcal conjugate vaccine and one dose of Tdap (tetanus, diphtheria, acellular pertussis) before entering seventh grade. Moral, religious and medical exemptions would remain in play if mandatory HPV vaccines are passed, however, don’t hold out hope for how long that may last. I would expect some rather serious objections to forced HPV vaccines.

We need to unify and help prevent any city, county or state from falling victim to these type of legislations. Unfortunately, it only takes one domino to set up a dangerous effect nationwide.

UPDATE:

After much push back from local parents, the idea was defeated.

From the Post Gazette

The Allegheny County Board of Health rejected a move to mandate the human papillomavirus vaccine for adolescents to stay in school, but did approve a measure to enhance efforts to boost inoculation rates in the county.

At a meeting Wednesday, the board instead instructed the Allegheny County Health Department in two separate motions to present a “road map” on how to improve vaccination rates and to include the public in the discussion of vaccines.

Board chairman Lee Harrison said the motions did not exclude board action from future discussion, including the possibility of a mandate.


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