Thursday, February 07, 2008

Should The HPV Vaccine Be Mandated?

We've discussed the HPV vaccine and why we think it should (or should not) be a mandatory vaccination - for both women and men (an argument we were making long before last week's study showed definitive proof of the need to vaccinate men). And on Tuesday night, when most of us were eying the results of Super Tuesday, our own Linda MacDonald Glenn was on a panel discussion hosted by Vanderbilt, on the same debate.

The video was streamed live, but for those of you who missed it, Vanderbilt should have the archived film up some time this week. The panel format makes it especially useful for people in teaching situations, who'd like to show their students a range of opinions in a civil debate.


Anonymous said...

I hate that I missed this panel - I'm watching the video now. I wish I'd made the connection between your name in the panel list and this blog while you were in town!

davegkugler said...

Did you see the Oprah episode with Dr. Northrup? It was infuriating! Here's an excerpt:

"...nobody has ever proved beyond a shadow of a doubt that HPV is the cause of cervical cancer."

Full write-up here.

Mandate it, sure. It should be one of the many other vaccinations everyone receives that prevents serious illness. It isn't just cervical cancer, but also anal, oropharyngeal, and possibly others.