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Texas governor orders questionable vaccine for all girls


According to article by MSNBC, bypassing the Legislature altogether, Republican Gov. Rick Perry issued an order Friday making Texas the first state to require that schoolgirls get vaccinated against the sexually transmitted virus that causes cervical cancer. By employing an executive order, Perry sidestepped opposition in the Legislature from conservatives and parents’ rights groups who fear such a requirement would condone premarital sex and interfere with the way Texans raise their children.

Beginning in September 2008, girls entering the sixth grade — meaning, generally, girls ages 11 and 12 — will have to receive Gardasil, Merck & Co.’s new vaccine against strains of the human papillomavirus, or HPV. Perry also directed state health authorities to make the vaccine available free to girls 9 to 18 who are uninsured or whose insurance does not cover vaccines. In addition, he ordered that Medicaid offer Gardasil to women ages 19 to 21.

The HPV vaccine provides us with an incredible opportunity to effectively target and prevent cervical cancer,” Perry said.

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The order is effective until Perry or a successor changes it, and the Legislature has no authority to repeal it. Texas Constitution permits the governor, as head of the executive branch, to order other members of the executive branch to adopt rules like this one. Legislative aides said they are looking for ways around the order for parents who oppose it.

Texas allows parents to opt out of inoculations by filing an affidavit objecting to the vaccine on religious or philosophical reasons. Even with such provisions, however, conservative groups say such requirements interfere with parents’ rights to make medical decisions for their children.

The federal government approved Gardasil in June, and a government advisory panel has recommended that all girls get the shots at 11 and 12, before they are likely to be sexually active. The New Jersey-based drug company could generate billions in sales if Gardasil — at $360 for the three-shot regimen — were made mandatory across the country. A top official from Merck’s vaccine division sits on Women in Government’s business council, and many of the bills around the country have been introduced by members of Women in Government. (MSNBC)

Gardasil is a vaccination for certain strands of the human papillomavirus (HPV), a virus that more than 80 percent of women have been exposed to by the age of 50. Approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in 2006, the vaccination has been added to the National Vaccine Injury Compensation Program (VICP) following reports of severe adverse side effects.

Gardasil Side Effects

Since its release to the market in 2006, there have been more than 3,400 reports of adverse reactions to the vaccination, including eight deaths. Gardasil’s manufacturer, Merck and Company, created the vaccination to prevent HPV-induced cervical cancer, and lobbied for a national mandatory Gardasil vaccination for girls 11 years old. The proposal has been denied after receiving thousands of claims against the vaccination.

Many patients reported the following Gardasil side effects:
•Blood clots
•Bell’s palsy, a form of nerve damage
•Guillain-Barre syndrome, a potentially deadly muscular disorder

Other studies have found that more than half of the pregnant women who have taken Gardasil reported fetal abnormalities and birth defects, as well as spontaneous abortion. (DefectiveDrug)



2010-2011 Texas Vaccine Exemption Information

The state of Texas in law grants and acknowledges the right of parents to exempt their children from vaccination requirements for day care, school, and college for reasons of conscience including a religious belief or for medical reasons.  In 2003, the Texas legislature passed changes to the statutes expanding the reasons a parent can claim an exemption but the Health Department has questionably also increased the bureaucratic red tape necessary for claiming the exemption.  There are specific procedures for requesting an official state form and submitting it to the school or for completing a medical exemption that all take some time so please don’t wait until the last minute to get your papers in order.

For everyone claiming an exemption for the first time after 9/1/03, you must comply with the new law. If you’ve submitted an old religious exemption prior to 9/1/03, you are grandfathered under the old law (see notes below) and do not need a new form. The vaccine exemption forms for reasons of conscience including a religious belief are only for students claiming a vaccine exemption for the first time after 9/1/03 when the new law went into effect.  If you need to request forms from the state health department, you can do it by fax, mail, personal visit, or through an online submission form. If you send your request by mail, we suggest sending it registered mail with a receipt so you can keep track of your request. If you send it by fax, set your fax machine to print out a delivery receipt.  We would like to keep track of the Health Department’s processing time.

According to the Texas Dept. of State Health Services :

Online requests must be made through the web submission form posted athttp://webds.dshs.state.tx.us/immco/affidavit.shtm

Written requests must be submitted through the U.S. Postal Service, commercial carrier, fax at (512)458-7544 , or by hand-delivery to:

DSHS Immunization Branch
1100 West 49th Street
Austin, Texas 78756

Hand-delivered requests may be submitted to the DSHS, Immunization Branch, between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. Mondays through Fridays. ALL affidavit forms will be mailed to you via U.S. Postal Service. No requests will be filled at the time of hand-delivery.

Affidavit form requests will be processed and mailed within one week from the receipt of the request. If additional information is needed in order to process the affidavit, you will be notified;

The letter must include the following information:

  • Full name of each child for whom a form is requested(first, middle, and last);
  • Date of birth of each child for whom a form is requested;
  • Parent or legal guardian’s complete return mailing address, including zip code;
  • Number of forms needed for each child (not to exceed five forms per child)

Electronic mail or telephone requests will not be processed.

The official Texas Department of State Health Services affidavit form must be notarized and submitted to school officials. The form must be submitted within 90 days from the date it is notarized.

The school will accept only official affidavit forms developed and issued by the Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS), Immunization Branch. No other forms or reproductions will be allowed.



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  3. RIchard Smythe commented on The Watchers:

    Parents CAN opt out if they are stupid. Cervical cancer kills 40-60% of women who get it. Just because YOUR daughter doesn’t have premarital sex doesn’t mean her husband didn’t. The adverse reactions are tragic but so is cancer. More women die because of cancer than all the reactions.

    This shouldn’t be an issue–it saves lives. We strongly encourage flu shots and the flu kills what, 0.02% of it’s victims.

    1. People really need to spend more time reading and understanding what they are talking about.

      It’s been proven quite in detail that the human papillomavirus does not cause cervical cancer. Research has been done on women with cervical cancer cells. Yes indeed the papillomavirus cell are found in the cervix. The problem is non of the cells are viable or intact. Only pieces of the virus are found. If the virus is causing the cancer then complete and viable virus material should be found in the cervix. This is not the case. The research paper could not not identify at the point the cause, but it’s possible that lotions, gels, latex and other products that might end up there of a foreign chemical composition are the source of the problem. In fact it is being researched the our body produces this virus, but as not yet known why, but maybe quite important for us.

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