Gardasil : Should It Be Mandatory? Essay
A Rhetorical Critique
According to the Center for Menstrual Disorders and Reproductive Choice, 75-80% of sexually active adults will acquire a genital tract HPV infection before the age of fifty (STD 's: Human Papillomavirus (HPV). HPV is the most frequently sexually transmitted disease with more than six million cases being reported each year. This disease can be deadly, turning into cervical cancer later in the patient’s life. Due to the epidemic levels of the disease, new precautions are being created to prevent it.
In the article “New Cervical Cancer Vaccine Should Not Be Mandatory,” the author made it clear that the Gardasil vaccine should not be mandated for children; however, the author is never named. The purpose of this vaccine is to treat certain HPV infections that may lead to cervical cancer later on. The author explained that Merek, the company that produces the vaccine, claims Gardasil prevents all HPV infections in people who do not have HPV strains 16 and 18. Although this may sound promising, the author interviewed Barbara Loe Fisher, the president of the National Vaccine Information Center, who explains that Gardasil was not tested properly by Merek. Aluminum was used in the placebo, which has never been tested to see if it is safe. The author attempted to discredit the vaccine by stating Merek also used a small amount of girls in their trial. Though the company claims to have tested more than 20,000 young girls, Roni…