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Saturday, November 18, 2017
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HPV Vaccine Furor: What’s the Truth?

Michele Bachmann

Michele Bachmann

I never thought I would agree with Michele Bachmann on anything, but the furor surrounding her recent statements opposing mandated HPV vaccinations for pre-adolescent girls has given me pause.  I don’t agree with Bachmann’s reason for challenging mandated HPV vaccinations. There is no evidence that I could find on it causing mental retardation, but the media’s attacks on her statements suggest that there is no reason for anyone to questioning such a policy. One notable exception was NPR’s story on Monday morning by Richard Knox. Anyone interested in this policy should listen to this balanced story by Knox and his production team.

My concern about Bachmann’s comments is more that the furor surrounding them is likely to quash reasoned discussions of whether mandated HPV vaccination of girls is good public policy or a case of great marketing by a pharmaceutical company. Listen to Knox’s story and see what you think.

Diana J. Mason, PhD, RN, FAAN, Rudin Professor of Nursing and CHMP Co-Director.

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<p>Diana is a co-director of the GW Nursing Center for Health Policy and Media Engagement and founder of HealthCetera. She was previously president of the American Academy of Nursing. She is senior policy professor at George Washington University and the Rudin Professor of Nursing at Hunter-Bellevue School of Nursing. She is a health policy expert and leader. Diana tweets @djmasonrn.</p>

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  • I had the HPV shot before the age of 26. I had second thoughts about it for quite some time. I read a lot about it and was horrified on finding out that there are side effects. We can only pray to God to protect us because medicine can save lives but it can also cripple us in some cases.

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