The human papilloma virus vaccine prevents infection with certain species of human papilloma virus associated with the development of cervical cancer and genital warts. The question has came up of should the human papilloma virus vaccine be required for children in public school. Some think it may be bad but the pros outweigh the cons in this situation. No individual no matter the age should be at risk with their health of solely the purpose of satisfying their personal, moral, philosophical or religious views. Girls between the ages of 11 and 12 should be required to get the HPV (human papilloma virus) vaccine because it protects against four strains of HPV – two of which cause cervical cancer. In the US, cervical cancer is the second leading cancer killer of women, with 10,000 women diagnosed each year, and 3,700 dying from the disease (as of 2009). The HPV vaccine can stop these deaths and should be given to all girls before they become sexually active and have the potential to contract HPV (Vaccines). The human papilloma virus vaccine has been shown to prevent cervical cancer in women.
Cervical cancer is the term for a malignant neoplasm arising from cells originating in the cervix uteri. Some of the symptoms are loss of appetite, weight loss, fatigue, pelvic pain, back pain, leg pain, and swollen legs, heavy bleeding from vagina, bone fractures, and leakage of urine or faces from the vagina. The best time for one to receive a human papilloma virus vaccination shot is before one can come in contract with the virus that’s why it’s recommend to the youth in public schools. The vaccine is recommended for women who are 9 to 25 years old who have not been exposed to HPV.
However, since it is unlikely that a woman will have already contracted all four viruses, and because HPV is primarily sexually transmitted, the U. S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has recommended vaccination for women up to 26 years of age. HPV types HPV-16 and HPV-18 cause 70 percent of cervical cancers, 80 percent of anal cancers, 60 percent of vaginal cancers, and 40 percent of vulvar cancers. The hpv vaccine is recommended by many medical organizations and is approved by the FDA and USDA. The vaccine also defends against 4 strains of hpv.
Many have also recommended the vaccine to girls of the ages 11 through 13 which would means they will recive the treatment in grade school. Parents think grade school ages are too young for children to be vaccinated for a sexually transmitted disease. Requiring the hpv vaccine in public schools will provide the young girls with a sense of safety, and their teens will become more sexually promiscuous. The vaccine Gardasil began development in the 1980’s by groups at the University of Rochester, Georgetown University, and the US National Cancer Institute.
It was approved in the US on June 8, 2006 by the U. S. Food and Drug Administration. The vaccine hasn’t been around for too long so the long term effects are unknown. The short term side effects include nausea, diarrhea and pain to the site of injection. ” The vast majority (92%) of the adverse events reports following Gardasil vaccination were mild and included, pain and swelling at the injection site (the arm), fever, dizziness, nausea, and fainting. Syncope (fainting) is common after injections and vaccinations, especially in adolescents.
Falls after fainting may sometimes cause serious injuries, such as head injuries, which can be prevented by closely observing the person for 15 minutes after vaccination. As of September 15, 2011, there have been a total 71 VAERS reports of death among those who have received Gardasil. There were 57 reports among females, 3 were among males, and 11 were reports of unknown gender. Thirty four of the total death reports have been confirmed and 37 remain unconfirmed due to no identifiable patient information in the report such as a name and contact information to confirm the report”(CDC).
With the risk such as these one can see why many may feel uneasy about giving children this vaccine. Several conservative groups in the U. S. have publicly opposed the concept of making HPV vaccination mandatory for pre-adolescent girls, asserting that making the vaccine mandatory is a violation of parental rights. They also say that it will lead to early sexual activity, giving a false sense of immunity to sexually transmitted disease. The hpv vaccine should be required for public school children for the simple fact of its for their own good.
The best way to kill a virus is to contain it before it gets out of control. On the other hand the vaccine hasn’t really been out for awhile so the long term effects are undetermined. Morally some will find it uneasy for an adolescent to be vaccinated for a sexually transmitted disease but the truth is that children will grow up and become sexually active. Reports give a certain age for the vaccine and that happens to be grade school age. The whole point of that is it is better to prevent than to go and treat later on after being affected.
Reach the masses before they become sexually active. Through all the research that I have gathered the benefits have heavily outweighed the risk No matter how one may obtain the sickness the truth is one still should have the right of protecting oneself against it. Even though the vaccine hasn’t been out for very long the short term side effects were very slim and similar to an illness people may have daily such as nausea, diarrhea and pain to the site of injection.
Cancer has had an effect on everyone in the world from knowing someone with it or having to battle the disease yourself, no one would want any person to have to go through such a timeline of events. So why would we not want to prevent atleast the ones that we can. With the vaccines Gardasil and Cervarix they both prevent cervical cancer. Works Cited “Vaccines ProCon. org. ” Vaccines ProCon. org. Web. 25 Mar. 2012. <http://vaccines. procon. org//>. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 24 Oct. 2011. Web. 25 Mar. 2012. <http://www. cdc. gov/vaccinesafety/Vaccines/HPV/gardasil. html>.