Passive Agressive Raven
by Dr. Sherri Tenpenny
Just when you think it can’t get any worse…it does.
Rhode Island has announced that the HPV vaccine, Gardasil, has been added as a requirement to attend the 7th grade. In an article published in the Washington Times, Tricia Washburn, chief of the Office of Immunization for the Rhode Island Department of Health, said:
“The bottom line is that HPV is the most sexually transmitted disease in the U.S.” she said. “We are interested in protecting the public health. We feel it shouldn’t be treated any differently than any of the other vaccines recommended by the CDC.”
Seventh graders are 12-13 years of age. What is behind this mandate? Does Rhode Island have a problem with promiscuous teens, prompting this CDC representative to be concerned about protecting the public from human papilloma virus disease?