Opinions on mandating hpv vaccine

“Parents have the right to make health care choices for their children.

Parents and parents alone,” said Jessica Fitzgerald, who spoke at the meeting. Kotayya Kondaveeti said he supports the vaccine but not mandating it. Donald Burke, dean of the University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public Health and a vaccine pioneer, said whatever direction the board takes, it must take into account parents who feel their children have been harmed by vaccines.

Board member Caroline Mitchell cast the only vote against the education and information campaign.

She could not be reached for comment after the meeting, which was moved from the board's regular meeting place at the Health Department to the county courthouse.

“I'm glad they removed the mandatory language,” said Michelle Sprague, a mother from Penn Hills who spoke against the mandate.

Now the American College of Pediatricians (ACP) says that Merck and Co's human papillomavirus vaccine Gardasil may be showing a correlation to premature ovarian failure.

The Allegheny County Board of Health voted Wednesday to pursue an education and information campaign promoting the HPV vaccine instead of mandating it to boost the number of children vaccinated in the county.

The report, which references six cases of premature ovarian failure, stresses that "this rare condition has not been proven to be caused by the vaccine," Daley said.

However, he said, "there have been over 200 reported cases of premature ovarian failure since the licensing in 2006.

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