Texas mandating gardasil
As in Virginia, parents would not have been required to have their daughters vaccinated.The law would have just made the vaccine available and affordable to all girls, insured and uninsured, through the state vaccination program.
And even at this somewhat late date, many grass-roots activists and members of the establishment alike are searching for a candidate with a profile (not unlike Perry's) who can satisfy their respective needs and, ideally, unite the party.Mary Margaret Whipple (D), who voted to uphold the vaccine mandate in Virginia."Im satisfied with the Virginia system, by which parents can opt out easily if they choose to." The Texas law would not have been a pure mandate either, as Perry noted in Monday night's debate."I will tell you that I had a mother last night come up to me here in Tampa, Florida, after the debate," Bachmann said."She told me that her little daughter took that vaccine, that injection, and she suffered from mental retardation thereafter." Santorum also painted an alarming picture of the vaccine mandate during Monday night's debate, describing it as "having little girls inoculated at the force and compulsion of the government." Health care advocates are worried that all the negative rhetoric could cause the public to sour on the HPV vaccine itself, which has been proven to dramatically reduce the risk of contracting the particular strains of the virus that cause cervical cancer.As the Republican presidential field continues to attack Texas Gov.
Rick Perry's executive order mandating the HPV vaccine for young girls, health advocates are growing worried that the vaccine itself is being stigmatized.
"The HPV vaccine has been shown to be safe and well-tolerated based on multiple medical reports that have been submitted through government databases," Dr.
Renata Arrington-Sanders, a professor at Johns Hopkins University medical school, told Huff Post.
Last Wednesday, Perry conceded to Fox News' Greta van Susteren that he was "tempted" by a run for the White House.
Two days later, in response to a question about a 2012 bid, Perry told the Austin American-Statesman, "I'm going to think about it." A Perry run makes some sense.
In June 2006, the Food and Drug Administration approved the drug, which is made by the pharmaceutical giant Merck & Co.