Florida HPV Vaccine Bill Gets Watered Down Before Going to Committee; Anti-Vaccine Group Still Not Pleased

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​Rick Perry tried making it mandatory. Michele Bachmann insinuated that it causes mental retardation. One of the world's top bioethicists bet Bachmann $10,000 to prove this claim.

The human papillomavirus vaccine -- which helps protect women from certain strains of HPV that cause cervical cancer -- tends to be a powder keg of political controversy. Look out, Florida.

On Wednesday, the Health Regulation Committee is slated to review SB 1116, a proposal from State Sen. Thad Altman related to the HPV vaccine. The original draft of the bill suggested that the HPV vaccine be added to the list of recommended vaccines for school-aged children in Florida. 

That upset the anti-vaccine crowd.

On Tuesday, Claire Friedman, codirector of KNOW Vaccines -- the Florida branch of the National Vaccine Information Center -- sent a criticism of the proposal to state Sen. Rene Garcia, chair of the Health Regulation Committee. The group argues that the vaccine is dangerous and that "a state recommendation implies an endorsement by the state."

"We do have concerns because we know that the process of informed consent is minimal at best in pediatricians' offices," Friedman told New Times. "Our main objection to this is that when a state recommends a vaccine, it implies it's endorsing it, that it's approving it. We don't feel the state should be endorsing this controversial vaccine."
 
On Tuesday afternoon, the language of the bill was changed. The proposal no longer supports adding the vaccine to the list of recommended vaccines. Instead, the new, much weaker language of the proposal suggests that the "parent or guardian of each student entering grade 6 shall be provided information on the availability of vaccination against human papillomavirus as recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices."

Providing information on the vaccine to parents seems like a step toward addressing Friedman's concerns over informed consent. Apparently not. 

In an email this morning, Friedman writes:

We are in opposition to the amendment to Senate Bill 1116 which proposes to give information to parents about the human papillomavirus and the available vaccine.  This information will imply an endorsement by the state of this controversial vaccine which has significant side effects which include death.  This conversation about a sexually transmitted virus should take place between the parent and their healthcare provider. Also, what is the cost of providing this information? In an time of budget cutting, the state should focus on its primary purpose and not interfere with what should take place in a healthcare providers office.

The HPV vaccine is recommended by the CDC and has proven to be safe and effective in dozens of studies. It protects against specific strains of the virus, which in turn provides protection against cervical cancer because, as noted by the CDC, "almost all cervical cancer is caused by HPV."

"It's a common-sense bill," says Ed Homan, a former Republican state rep from Tampa who introduced similar legislation a few years back. "If this was a vaccine for lung cancer or breast cancer, everyone would be clamoring for it. But when it's cervical cancer, it's like 'Oh my God, our littler girls are going to become promiscuous.' I don't get it. You give this to 9-year-old girls."

Homan says his proposal made it through several committees, but the Republican leadership had no interest in moving it forward. 

"Who is getting the vaccine now are people that are educated and have some money," Homan says. "It's the less privileged that end up not getting the vaccine and getting cancer, and it becomes the state's responsibility to pay for their care. It's a huge financial burden on the state to care for people with a preventable disease."

Sen. Altman's office did not return calls seeking comment on the bill.



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figoliu
figoliu

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figoliu
figoliu

 herpesdateonline.com focuses on providing a safe dating & support community for singles and friends living with HERPES / HPV to find love and support! It has services of HERPES blog, HERPES forum, Ask Counselor, Real inspirational Stories, Photos of HERPES and other general dating.

 

Positive Community
Positive Community

Be careful. Counselor of H-date .net said there are some serious side effects of these vaccines.

FLDirector
FLDirector

KNOW Vaccines (a Florida affiliate of the National Vaccine Information Center) is not pro or anti-vaccine organization.  We support the right to informed consent so people can make informed decisions about a medical procedure that involves the injection of multiple ingredients into the body that produces a reaction. This reaction can include side effects that are listed on the package insert of every vaccine similar to what you receive when you take a prescribed medication.  The most serious consideration in safety studies done with any vaccines is that the scientific method is not used.  When studying the effects of any substance, the control group should receive a placebo which contains no ingredients.  In all vaccine studies, the vaccine is compared to either another vaccine or just the additives (or adjuvants) of the vaccine being studied. These additives can cause reactions in the body.  Therefore, there have been no true scientific studies done for vaccine safety and our FDA allows this type of unscientific research to be done by pharmaceutical companies.

Curiousss
Curiousss

There are still people in Florida who believe that water flouridation is a government mind control plot. I don't understand why the mindless worry about mind control...

Ken Reibel
Ken Reibel

The National Vaccine Information Center is most assuredly anti-vaccine. Thank you for recognizing that, Chris.

JFM
JFM

Stop spewing your unfounded antivaccine nig pharma rhetoric. You are negatively influencing the minds of the impressionable and naive at the cost of their, and others, health. For shame.

Christievoss
Christievoss

 The NVIC has two requests: 1. show everyone the science and 2. give the parents the choice. Not pro or anti vaccine.

JFM_Teh_Scrub
JFM_Teh_Scrub

JFM you're retarded.  Do you work for big-pharma?  Or are you just blind to the fact that vaccines are poisonous? 

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