The Debate Over The Human Papillomavirus ( Hpv ) Vaccine Essay

1077 Words Dec 6th, 2016 5 Pages
The debate over the Human Papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine represents a combination of two of the most controversial topics in American healthcare: mandatory vaccinations and teenage sexuality. The argument has been made widely public, in part due to the state government’s attempts to make the vaccine mandatory before school admission. The arguments against the vaccine can be broken down into either ethical or just the general risks/complications the vaccine poses. Despite the wide spread support for the HPV vaccine, these vaccinations should not be required for prepubescent women because the teenage girls should have a choice when they are more mature to form their own opinions and weigh the risks. One of the major concerns about making the HPV vaccine mandatory is that it intrudes on parent’s autonomy in terms of raising their children, especially in respect to their beliefs regarding sexual behavior. There are growing concerns amongst parents explaining that by teens receiving the vaccine for a sexually transmitted disease (STD) at the age of eleven or twelve, we are giving them “implied consent to engage in risky sexual activities.” According to Dr. Balog’s analysis regarding the moral justification for the vaccine, “This relationship between HPV infection and its mode of transmission has led some parents and conservative groups to resist having their children vaccinated by mandatory or voluntary means because they believe that exposing children to an HPV vaccine will…

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