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Posted at 6:28 PM ET, 01/26/2011

Virginia never 'mandated' HPV vaccines

By Jonathan Chace, Chestertown, Md.

In a 2007 letter, I urged The Post to avoid using the term "mandatory" when reporting on Virginia legislation aimed at getting sixth-grade girls immunized against the human papillomavirus because that legislation allowed parents to "opt out" of the requirement.

Four years later, Virginia's House of Delegates has passed a bill that would eliminate the state's "mandate" ["Va. House passes bill to end HPV mandate," Metro, Jan. 22]. What mandate? Many parents, according to The Post's reporting, have chosen not to have their children immunized. On such an important public health issue, the House has acted illogically, and The Post has added to the confusion.

By Jonathan Chace, Chestertown, Md.  | January 26, 2011; 6:28 PM ET
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Posted by: juliarix | January 27, 2011 1:16 AM | Report abuse

Republicans are revitalizing their culture war again.

Health care for women is bad in their opinion because it leads to .....(fill in the blank)

Posted by: knjincvc | January 27, 2011 1:51 PM | Report abuse

Of course it is a mandate when you must legally "opt out" of a medical procedure, in order to refuse it. People should have the choice of opting in, not out, of medical procedures, and this freedom should extend logically to vaccinations, as they, too, carry the risk of harm. We were not born pin cushions with PICC lines in our necks; we are human beings.

Gardasil and Cervarix vaccines remain controversial due to serious safety concerns (cervical warts, fainting, ALS-like symptoms, and death) arising from their usage, and the lack of adequate safety testing for their more potent aluminum adjuvant- Amorphous Aluminum Hydroxyphosphate Sulphate (in Gardasil), or the newer adjuvant - ASO4 (in Cervarix).

Shame on any health officials involved in mandating these dangerous vaccines which have the worst safety profiles of any vaccine on the market to date.

Posted by: Nonyart | January 28, 2011 9:24 AM | Report abuse

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