Arguments for and Against Mandatory Vaccination Essay

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Mandating the HPV Vaccination: A Controversial Debate
Background:
The Human papillomavirus (HPV) is the virus responsible for cervical cancer. It is one the most common viral sexually transmitted infections. A vaccine was approved in 2006 that is effective in preventing the types of HPV responsible for 70% of cervical cancers and 90% of genital warts. Proposals for routine and mandatory HPV vaccination of girls have become sources of controversy for parents of school-aged youth, legislators, members of the medical community, and the public at large (Cooper et al. 2010).
Evidence Based Arguments against Mandatory HPV Vaccination
Childhood immunizations, such as measles, chicken pox, and polio, are mandatory for school-aged youth and
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Emotional Based Arguments against Mandatory HPV Vaccination
The HPV vaccine is designed to prevent infection by the strains of the virus that are responsible for the majority of cervical cancer and genital warts cases. Public Health is trying to make this vaccination mandatory for all young females. However this is a detrimental idea. Public Health does not care about individuals but about the group or the population. They do not mind if a few people must die for the good of humanity. By mandating that all young females be vaccinated some may die for no reason.
An example of this is a 16-year-old girl who lost nearly all of her vision within 10 days of receiving the second course of her vaccine against the human papilloma virus, reports a case study in the Journal of Child Neurology. The study recounts the case of a previously healthy teenage girl who developed a headache on the left side of her head and began to lose vision in her right eye eight days after receiving her second HPV vaccine shot. Over the course of the following 48 hours, the pain spread across her head and she began to lose sight in her left eye as well. At this point, the girl went to the emergency room, where doctors found her vital signs to be normal with no indication of infection or systemic illness. While under supervision, her vision continued to deteriorate until

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