You’d think we’d be done with this. Actually, maybe we are,
because now the controversy has moved to the UK:
- Mass vaccination ‘will save lives’
- Parents fear rise in underage sex
Gaby Hinsliff, political editor
Sunday December 24, 2006
Schoolgirls as young as 12 are to be vaccinated against a sexually
transmitted disease linked to cervical cancer, under controversial
plans being drawn up by the Department of Health.
Millions of girls would be immunised at school against human papilloma
virus (HPV) before they become sexually active. Research has shown the
virus is one of the key causes of cervical cancer, which kills around
1,000 women a year.
Routine injections against HPV have already been adopted in some US
states and a handful of British parents have begun buying the
£450 injection for their daughters through private clinics.
The vaccine was licensed here earlier this year…
…The move will be controversial with some parents, who fear the jabs
will encourage unprotected sex or send confused messages about the
right age for girls to lose their virginity…
It is hard for me to understand this argument, so I tried to think back
to my own childhood, to see if vaccinations encouraged me to engage in
any particular behavior. Let’s see…I got the tetanus
shot…OK! Now I can drive rusty nails into my feet!
No, kids do not think about the implications of their shots.
To them, it’s just one more annoying thing that parents make
As for changing the rate of underage sex, not much we’ve tried has
changed that a bit, so I doubt that these vaccinations will make a bit