KellNY,..you should be in law school dear not nursing school.....:coollook:
Maybe I've been really lucky, but I have two daughters, one is 20yrs old, the other is 11 (in the 6th grade),..I have good kids, they don't drink,or smoke,or swear, they make good grades in school, I've never had to bail anyone out of jail,. and the oldest still professes to be a virgin,.she won't even have a pelvic exam at her check up (that's a whole other thread),...but my point is that if and when either of my girls become at high risk for HPV et future cervical cancer then by all means we will discuss this,.research it, talk w/our DR and make an informed, well thought out decision, and most likely get the vaccine,..but to mandate it for my 11yr old??? It isn't like she is going to catch HPV from the normal everyday activities in her 6th grade class,..my girls and all people need to be informed that sexual activity comes with very high physical as well as psychological risks,.HPV being just one of hundreds of horrible outcomes of sexual activity,...are we going to make Depo Provera mandatory in our highschools?? It just seems to me that more money and energy should be spent on teaching our young people to be moral, responsible adults,..teach them that their actions have consequences,.that their decisions can and will affect how they live the rest of their lives,...to tell my 11yr old that I and the government assumes that she will soon become sexually active, so she needs to have this vaccination to protect her from one of the hundreds of diseases she might contract, (while engaging in behavior she shouldn't be doing in the first place), is just not the message I want to send to my kids! I realize that there are bad parents out there, and kids who are going to engage in all sorts of high risk lifestyles,.just like there parents,.but to mandate this in order to attend public schools is just wrong to me.