Friday, September 9, 2011

GOP Antivax

I avoided the GOP debates because I thought they might cause violent headaches.  Unfortunately I did not dodge the headache bullet as well as I dodged the debates. However,  I'm surprised it took so long for someone to enlighten me on the antivax stand of some of the candidates.

HPV vaccine is an effective preventive measure for some very common types of cervical cancer.

HPV-associated cervical cancer rates by race and ethnicity, United States, 1998–2003

In 2007 (the most recent year numbers are available)—
  • 12,280 women in the United States were diagnosed with cervical cancer. 
  • 4,021 women in the United States died from cervical cancer.
Without widespread use of the HPV vaccine tens of thousands of women will die. 

"It is wrong for government, whether it’s state or federal government, to impose on parents what they must do to inoculate their children." -- Michele Bachmann 2011 GOP presidential debates

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