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May 18th, 2006
Update To My Rant Below

An FDA Advisory committee has recommended that the FDA approve the cervical cancer vaccine. Story here. There are several things pointed out that support giving the vaccine to girls (and boys) before they are sexually active – from the article: “Miller said Gardasil does not necessarily protect against one or more of the four viruses in people already infected before they get the vaccine, and can increase their risk for precursors to cervical cancer.” Also: “In addition, the FDA staff highlighted five cases where children with birth defects were born to women who received the vaccine around the time of conception.”

So, give the vaccine to young people before they become sexually active. It’s very simple.

Now, as long as the FDA doesn’t do some political jockeying and deny approval to pacify the religious right, this will be a good step forward for women’s health.

Posted by Claire at 01:09 PM | Current Events | Comments (0) | Tweet This Post

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