I’d like to toss this out to my readers to get their feedback. The Governor of Texas has bypassed his legislature and ordered that all schoolgirls be vaccinated against HPV, which causes cervical cancer.
I found the arguments against the HPV vaccinations to be shrill and obtuse (basically daddies were saying that their daughter would never get an STD). This order is surprising, coming from a conservative Christian Governor from–of all states–Texas.
On the flip side, I’m hearing some people decry this as an unwarranted “order,” that the FDA does not have a good track record on these issue, and that these vaccines should be voluntary.
But given the irrational arguments against the vaccine, however, I believe it is up for debate. My memory of history indicates to me that government control of viral outbreaks (through vaccines and quarantines) has been quite effective in eliminating these problems from society altogether.