New York Bill to Force Kids to Get HPV Vaccine

Peyton Gouzien | @pgouzien

A New York State bill will mandate school children to get the HPV vaccine to attend public school if it passes. Currently, a version of the bill is in committee in both the Assembly and Senate. This comes as part of Governor Cuomo’s partnership with Merck’s ILÚM Health Solutions in creating a “Platform to Detect, Treat and Prevent the Spread of Infectious Disease”. But is this particular HPV vaccine even safe for the public to obtain?

Is Gardasil a Safe HPV Vaccine?

The HPV vaccine Gardasil has come under fire for being not “as safe as backers claim“. The National Vaccine Injury Compensation Program (VICP) has awarded $5,877,710 dollars to 49 victims in claims against the vaccine. 200 people have filed claims with VICP, reporting negative effects from Gardasil. Moreover, 26 people died in just over a year after obtaining it. Many more have reported side effects, including seizures, paralysis, and blindness.

Both the CDC and Merck insist all deaths and side effects are mere “coincidences”. Yet, according to the manufacturer, the vaccine has not gone through testing for carcinogenicity or impairment of fertility.

New York Gives Merck Customers

Governor Cuomo’s relationship with Merck and recent efforts pushing vaccines as requirements for school children has raised eyebrows. The state of New York has already repealed religious exemptions for vaccine mandates. Medical exemptions are also falling on deaf ears, such in the case of a child with autism, which caused parents to sue. This makes it likely that if the bill passes, it will similarly not allow exceptions.

The vaccine comes in three doses over the course of six months. Each shot costs anywhere from $130 to $170, making the total cost between $390 and $510. Since New York has nearly 3 million school-aged children, the mandate would be extremely profitable for Merck.

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