Vaccinations Gone Wild: ACP Makes a Statement on HPV

The American College of Pediatricians has issued a statement on Human Papilloma Virus (HPV) vaccinations as a requirement for entry into public schools. Seems they’re opposed to it.

A couple of excerpts from their statement that illustrate a little of why many family-values-conscious parents have a problem with promoting widespread HPV vaccinations:

this vaccine prevents a disease which is exclusively sexually transmitted; mandating it as early as 9 years of age places the medical provider in an ethical dilemma. First, the administration of the vaccine requires explanation to both the parent and the child. Parents may have chosen not to introduce the subject of sexual activity to their nine year olds due to their physical and emotional immaturity. Also, most 9-12 year old children are not sexually active; many have not entered puberty. Forcing a parent to forsake his/her better judgment and discuss this information with the child would be inappropriate and unnecessarily intrusive.

The American College of Pediatricians recommends that parents use the availability of this vaccine to usher in a discussion of human sexuality in a way consistent with their culture and values at a time when they determine their child is ready to receive the information. Parents should closely monitor their children’s activities, reinforce their values, and consent to vaccination when appropriate. At that time, physicians should introduce the value of sexual abstinence as the only way to completely eliminate the risks associated with sexual activity.

Apparently it isn’t just Bible-thumpers who have a concern about HPV vaccinations. Besides, there usually is a practical aspect to most biblically-based concerns. God doesn’t tell us not to do something just to spoil our fun.

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