Texas Governor Perry's Vaccination Mandate

Kinky Friedman lost the Texas gubernatorial election in November, 2006, but Governor Perry has implemented an executive order that sounds like a Kinky Friedman idea.  It requires an immunization for some sexually transmitted diseases -- for girls entering the sixth grade.  The governor has made a number of incorrect assumptions, most of which are pointed out in the articles below.  But above all, the Governor presumes that the state can usurp the authority of parents, just because the kids are enrolled in public schools.

Girls' mystery illness possibly linked to cervical cancer vaccine.  A mystery illness has overwhelmed a small town in northern Colombia as scores of teenage girls have been hospitalized with symptoms that parents fear could be an adverse reaction to a popular vaccine against cervical cancer.

Doctor says no benefit to Gardasil vaccine.  The human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine is given to prevent the risk of cancer associated with HPV and is typically administered between the ages of eight and 26.  Opponents argue that not only is the vaccine risky, but it is of no value.  The HPV vaccine effects are said to last for only about five years.

US court pays $6 million to Gardasil victims.  Gardasil, the vaccine for HPV (human papillomavirus), may not be as safe as backers claim.  Judicial Watch announced it has received documents from the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) revealing that its National Vaccine Injury Compensation Program (VICP) has awarded $5,877,710 dollars to 49 victims in claims made against the highly controversial HPV (human papillomavirus) vaccines.  To date 200 claims have been filed with VICP, with barely half adjudicated.

US court pays $6 million to Gardasil victims.  Gardasil, the vaccine for HPV (human papillomavirus), may not be as safe as backers claim.  Judicial Watch announced it has received documents from the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) revealing that its National Vaccine Injury Compensation Program (VICP) has awarded $5,877,710 dollars to 49 victims in claims made against the highly controversial HPV (human papillomavirus) vaccines.  To date 200 claims have been filed with VICP, with barely half adjudicated.

Gardasil/HPV Vaccination Investigation.  [Quoting Tom Fitton,] "The FDA adverse event reports on the HPV vaccine read like a catalog of horrors.  Any state or local government now beset by Merck's lobbying campaigns to mandate this HPV vaccine for young girls ought to take a look at these adverse health reports."

Perry facing new criticism for Texas vaccine order.  Four years ago, Gov. Rick Perry put aside his social conservative bona fides and signed an order requiring Texas girls to be vaccinated against HPV.

HPV, Perry, and Bachmann.  [Scroll down]  Importantly, a section of the order concerning "Parents' Rights" noted that if a parent did not want a child vaccinated, he or she could download a form from the Internet to request a "conscientious objection" from the vaccination.  Despite this opt-out provision, Perry's decision was unpopular with many Republicans, especially religious conservatives who advocated abstinence and were therefore troubled by the idea of vaccinating against a virus transmitted through sexual contact.  The backlash against the order was immediate and deeply emotional, but Perry refused to reverse himself, essentially arguing his critics were on the wrong side of science.

The Big G in California and Opting to Push Parents Out of the Picture.  It's not just on the presidential primary trail — and doctor's offices — where Gardasil is a hot topic.  There's also the Sacramento halls of power.  Right now, Gov. Jerry Brown has legislation waiting for his signature that would allow twelve-year-old girls to get the vaccine without a parent's permission (after efforts for a mandate failed in 2007).

Hey Professors, Pay Up.  The CDC summarized the adverse effects following vaccinations with Gardasil®.
As of June 22, 2011, approximately 35 million doses of Gardasil® were distributed in the U.S. and VAERS received a total of 18,727 reports of adverse events following Gardasil® vaccination...  Of the total number of VAERS reports following Gardasil®, 92% were considered to be non-serious, and 8% were considered serious*...  As of June 22, 2011 there have been a total 68 VAERS reports of death among those who have received Gardasil®.
*"Serious" means "hospitalization, permanent disability, life-threatening illness, congenital anomaly or death."

Rick Perry's Bad Medicine.  In February 2007, Texas Gov. Rick Perry signed a shocking executive order forcing every sixth-grade girl to submit to a three-jab regimen of the Gardasil vaccine. ... Gardasil's wear-off time and long-term side effects have yet to be determined.  "Serious questions" remain about its "overall effectiveness," according to the Journal of the American Medical Association.  Even the chair of the federal panel that recommended Gardasil for children opposes mandating it as a condition of school enrollment.

Rick Perry's Gardasil Problem.  Allies of Texas Gov. Rick Perry have begun to quietly "nose around on his behalf" regarding a possible presidential campaign. ... But if Rick Perry does step under the bright lights, there's at least one question that has the potential to hinder his pursuit of the GOP nomination:  Why in early 2007 did he sign an executive order mandating that 11- and 12-year-old girls in Texas be given the vaccine Gardasil?

Judicial Watch Investigates Side-Effects of HPV Vaccine.  On June 8, 2006, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved the drug Gardasil.  Gardasil is a vaccine against certain types of human papillomavirus (HPV) which is the primary cause of cervical cancer in women. ... Judicial Watch, concerned about the rush to market and mandate a drug with possible serious adverse effects, filed its first Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request on May 9, 2007, and received 1,637 adverse event reports on May 15, 2007.

Gardasil Shows Why Government Health Care is Dangerous.  Gardasil has to be the perfect drug for the brave new world of ObamaCare, in a 1984 kind of way.  Made by Merck & Co., it was approved in 2006 for use against venereal disease in young girls.  Here's why it's so culturally suited for hope and change — and such a perfect example of why you don't want the government in your medicine chest.

Schoolgirl dies after receiving cervical cancer vaccine.  A British schoolgirl has died after receiving the cervical cancer vaccine Cervarix, health officials said.  Public health officials and the British-based maker of the vaccine, GlaxoSmithKline, said the cause of the 14-year-old's death was as yet unknown.

Complications arise from HPV vaccine.  As of May 31, 2007, there have been 13 cases of Guillain Barr's syndrome (GBS) in association with the HPV vaccine (Gardasil) reported to the Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System (VAERS).  Guillain-Barre syndrome is a serious disorder that occurs when the body's defense (immune) system mistakenly attacks part of the nervous system.

The HPV Vaccine:  Government Mandates and Parental Rights.  Parents believe they have the right to decide what medical treatments are best for their children.  But state lawmakers think otherwise because of a disease that has become both a feminist and a public health cause celebre.  Across America lawmakers want to compel young girls to be inoculated against human papillomavirus (HPV) years before most become sexually active because there is a chance it can cause cervical cancer.  Is replacing parental judgment with mandates by lawmakers and courts good for society?

Texas won't make cancer vaccine mandatory.  Gov. Rick Perry on Tuesday [5/8/2007] said he won't veto a bill that would block state officials from following his order that all sixth-grade girls be vaccinated against a virus that causes cervical cancer.

Texas Showdown on HPV Vaccine Order.  Texas lawmakers rejected Gov. Rick Perry's anti-cancer vaccine order Wednesday [4/25/2007], sending him a bill that blocks state officials from requiring the shots for at least four years.  Perry has said he is disappointed but has not indicated whether he will veto the bill.  He has 10 days to sign or veto it, or the proposal will become law without his signature.

Don't Mandate HPV Vaccine — Trust Parents.  It's no wonder that Merck wants the vaccine distributed as widely as possible.  The company lost about $2.5 billion in annual revenues from the withdrawal of the painkiller Vioxx, and must set aside billions more to settle lawsuits over the drug.  Merck also has a limited window of time to exploit their current monopoly — competitor GlaxoSmithKline is also preparing an HPV vaccine for the market.

Texas Governor Mandates Cancer Vaccine for Girls.  Gov. Rick Perry ordered Friday [2/2/2007] that schoolgirls in Texas must be vaccinated against the sexually transmitted virus that causes cervical cancer, making Texas the first state to require the shots. … Merck is bankrolling efforts to pass laws in state legislatures across the country mandating it.

The HPV Vaccine and School Mandates FAQ.

Gardasil's Dangers, Limitations Are Reported.  Gardasil, the human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine that several state legislatures are considering mandating girls must receive to attend school, may be more dangerous than consumers have been led to believe, a public-interest group reported in late May.  After obtaining information from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) through a Freedom of Information Act request, Washington, DC-based Judicial Watch reported 1,637 adverse events involving Gardasil, including three deaths related to the vaccine.

Texas governor defends vaccine order.  Gov. Rick Perry on Thursday angrily defended his relationship with Merck & Co. and his executive order requiring that schoolgirls receive the drugmaker's vaccine against the sexually transmitted cervical-cancer virus.  The Associated Press reported Wednesday [2/21/2007] that Perry's chief of staff had met with key aides about the vaccine on Oct. 16, the same day Merck's political action committee donated $5,000 to the governor's campaign.

A Merck-y Business.  The benefits seem clear.  FDA-approved for females age 9 to 26, the vaccine has been shown to be 100 percent effective at preventing disease from the two HPV strains that account for 70 percent of all cervical cancers. ... So what's not to like?  Plenty.  One argument is that a mandate removes parental authority.  Which it does, but so do all mandatory vaccinations.  The difference here is that while Perry claims the HPV vaccine is no different from the polio vaccine, polio is transmitted through the breath, while HPV is transmitted by sexual intercourse.

Vaccine mandate explains our out-of-control health system.  A few days ago, pharmaceutical giant Merck announced that it was pulling the plug on its nationwide lobbying campaign to get state legislatures to mandate that preteen schoolgirls receive its vaccine, Gardasil. … Company officials stopped the campaign because of a nationwide backlash fueled by concerns that it is premature to mandate a new vaccine that has many unresolved questions regarding efficacy and safety; and that, in any event, it should not be mandated because the virus is transmitted through sex and not through casual contact, and that parental rights were being violated.

Governor Rick Perry's Executive Order Raises Many Questions.  Most pro-family groups oppose the vaccine mandate because they believe it seriously violates parental rights by usurping the authority of parents to decide with their child's doctor the best course to take.  No one knows the long-term effects of the vaccine.  The day before Gov. Perry issued the order, the National Vaccine Information Center (NVIC) issued a press release warning of the vaccine's side effects. … Most Texans are extremely disappointed that Gov. Perry bypassed the normal democratic procedure, which would have included legislative hearings and allowed time for leaders and the public to learn more about the vaccine.

Public schools:  Parental rights in jeopardy.  One of the latest developments in public education is that schools believe they are the de facto parents of the children who attend them.  With so many children living with only one parent or two parents who work, with who knows who looking after them, it is no wonder.  Now some States are trying to require girls entering the sixth grade to be immunized against something called HPV (Human Papilloma Virus), a virus that only can be transmitted through sex and which causes certain kinds of cancer.  What does that say about our public schools and about the state of our culture?

Doctors say Perry's vaccine mandate for girls is premature.  Gov. Rick Perry's order requiring schoolgirls to get inoculated against a sexually transmitted virus linked to cervical cancer may be unpopular with social conservatives, but another important group also is lining up against it:  doctors.  From, among others, the Texas Medical Association and the American Academy of Pediatrics, many doctors are saying it's too early to mandate the vaccine, which was approved for use last June.

Texas Requires Cancer Vaccine for Girls.  Merck is bankrolling efforts to pass laws in state legislatures across the country mandating its Gardasil vaccine for girls as young as 11 or 12.  It doubled its lobbying budget in Texas and has funneled money through Women in Government, an advocacy group made up of female state legislators around the country.

Is the Texas Governor subjecting children to a questionable vaccine?  In the short time we have been residents of Lockhart, one of the most beautiful things we have noticed about families here is the respect that children have for their parents and adults in general.  Young people are courteous and well-mannered, and comport themselves with modesty and aplomb.  What a shock yesterday to learn that Gov. Perry has insulted these precious children by mandating a medical procedure that presumes the young girls of Texas to be sluts.

The Perverse Politics of Gardasil.  A vaccine that prevents cervical cancer sounds great.  But this is a free country.  Remember?  Unless there is a compelling reason to use government to mandate, Soviet-style, use of a particular product, then medicines, like all products, should be sold on the free market.  Consumers can buy them if they want them.  Not only is there no reason to mandate the use of Gardasil, but the reasoning being used to justify its mandated use is perverse.  Among the destructive consequences will be that girls who are most at risk, those who are poor, usually minorities, will be hurt more than helped.

Human papillomavirus:  The fact that prostitutes have much higher rates of cervical cancer than nuns was a key early observation leading researchers to speculate about a causal link between sexually transmitted HPVs and cervical cancer.  It remains clear that people with greater numbers of sexual partners are at increased risk of developing genital HPV-related diseases.

Governor Perry's HPV vaccination order angers profamily group.  Perry's office contacted Texas Eagle Forum president Cathie Adams … and urged her to support the vaccination requirement, but she vowed to do everything in her power to defeat it.  Adams explains her refusal.  "He's replacing parents' rights with state's rights," she comments.  "He's also usurping the authority of the State Legislature."  And there's more, says the Texas Eagle Forum leader.  "We have a strong voice that has already said this is not a good vaccine for little girls," she says; "it's the American College of Pediatricians, who strongly opposes requiring students to have the HPV vaccine."

26 Senators ask Perry to Rescind HPV Order.  Senator Jane Nelson (R-Flower Mound) has collected the signatures of 26 Senators on a letter respectfully requesting that Gov. Rick Perry pull down his executive order requiring immunization for the Human Papillomavirus (HPV) for girls before they enter the sixth grade.  A copy of the letter is posted here, with signatures.

Perry's vaccine order saves lives, but at high price.  Is Perry's order politically motivated?  No one knows.  But, USA Today has reported today that Perry has several ties to Merck, the maker of the HPV vaccine, and Women in Government, a not-for-profit organization comprised of state woman regulators, which some watchdog has claimed is too cozy with Merck.

NBC and the Cancer Vaccine that Isn't.  NBC dismissed the viewpoint of opponents of Perry's decision who believe mandating vaccination for HPV will lead to increased promiscuity.  People with concerns about morality were lumped in with other critics who claim Perry is in Merck's pocket because the company contributed to his election campaign.

Forced vaccination without representation.  Merck & Co., the huge drug company, hit the jackpot.  Sure, it's the spreading nanny government and -- surprise, surprise, it's fueled by money! ... Texas Gov. Rick Perry signed an executive order Feb. 2, requiring all girls entering 6th grade in Texas be vaccinated against some of the viruses that cause cervical cancer.  The vaccine in question is new, approved by the FDA on June 8, 2006 and added to the regular childhood immunization schedule on June 29.  Talk about fast track!

Lawmakers Call On Perry To Rescind Vaccine Order.  Some Texas lawmakers are scrambling, looking for ways to undo Gov. Rick Perry's order on a new vaccine for school children.  The executive order requires Texas school girls to be vaccinated with Merck's new drug, Gardasil.  Now lawmakers are questioning his motives and bringing up new safety concerns.  "This vaccine is not proven," said State Rep. Charlie Howard, D-District 26.  "We don't know the long-term effects."

Gov. Perry, rescind vaccine order now.  Gov. Rick Perry, you should listen closely to Sen. Jane Nelson, your close ally and chair of the Senate Health and Human Services Committee.  She and many others wisely point out that you erred in signing an order requiring sixth-grade girls in Texas to get a new vaccine that protects against four strains of the virus that causes cervical cancer.

Facts Behind Merck's Mandatory Vaccine Campaign to Help Pay for Vioxx.  On Friday [2/2/2007], Texas Republican governor Rick Perry issued a mandatory executive order to force all Texas girls to be vaccinated with Gardasil, completely bypassing Texas' legislative process, overriding parental authority, and ignoring the ethical issues raised by a vaccine for a sexually transmitted disease. ... If one looks beneath the surface, Merck's strong-arm marketing tactics are really a "Do or Die" effort to finance its huge Vioxx litigation costs.

Texas Gov. Urged Against Cancer Order.  Lawmakers should have been allowed to hear from doctors, scientists and patients before the state implemented such a sweeping mandate, said state Sen. Jane Nelson, chairwoman of the health and human services committee.  "This is not an emergency," said Nelson, adding that she plans to ask Attorney General Greg Abbott for an opinion on the legality of Perry's order.  "It needs to be discussed and debated."

Florida Moving Toward Mandatory HPV Vaccine?  Earlier in February, the issue was thrust into the national media when Texas Governor Rick Perry issued an executive order mandating the vaccine, though lawmakers are attempting to override that order.  Some simply object to the government stepping in and taking over what ought to be a parent's right to decide what is best for his or her child.  Others believe that the vaccine will lead to increased callousness toward pre- and extra-marital sex, thereby increasing promiscuity.

Somewhat related:
Taking Liberties: Forced Vaccinations?  [Jennifer] Workman's attorney Patricia Finn is an expert in forced vaccination cases and she is outraged.  "This is a basic human right," she said.  "To be able to decide what is injected in our bodies, in our children's bodies, is everything."  Unfortunately, last December, the 4th Circuit Court of Appeals disagreed, and Finn now is vowing to take the case to the Supreme Court if necessary.

Rick Perry, A Moderate's Conservative.  If you liked George Bush, you will love Rick Perry.  Every day we in Texas hear disbelieving conservative citizens on local talk radio asking "...is the national media serious about Rick Perry as a conservative president?"  Because here in Texas, we know Rick Perry is anything but a conservative.

Science for Stupid Idiots.  Here's my thinking on a vaccine, before injecting one of my kids with one:  what are the chances of harmful effects without the vaccine, and with the vaccine? ... Yet we are rarely given even one of those numbers, much less both.  Not from my doctor.  Not from the CDC.  Not from geniuses who write articles about how dumb I am for not simply believing their repeated assurances.
This is an original compilation, Copyright © 2013 by Andrew K. Dart

Somewhat related... or not:
Rick Perry, In-State Tuition, and Federal Law.  Perry justified Texas's mini-amnesty on federalism grounds:  "This was a state issue.  Texas voted on it."  That might be a minimally colorable argument but for a little problem:  Federal law explicitly forbids just what Texas did.

Another related story:
Cancer jab girl 'in waking coma'.  The parents of a schoolgirl claim their daughter has been left in a "waking coma" after suffering suspected side effects from a cervical cancer jab.  Lucy Hinks, 13, began to experience extreme exhaustion soon after having the vaccine alongside classmates at Wigton's Nelson Thomlinson School in Cumbria.

Cervical cancer jab left girl, 13, in 'waking coma'.  Lucy Hinks started suffering tiredness and flu-like symptoms after having the first two injections of the Cervarix anti-cancer vaccine last autumn.  Weeks after having the final injection in May, her health went rapidly downhill and her parents Steve and Pauline say she now sleeps for up to 23 hours a day.

Teenager Suffers From Waking Coma.  [Scroll down]  Meanwhile, her parents were continuously blaming the deadly cancer vaccine, Cervarix, for the awful condition of their dear daughter.  The reported information also highlighted the fact that this was the third time when the girl got the cancer dosage, as way back in the month of October she was already given two jabs of the same shot.  In the meantime, all the other girls who also got the same injection, too, suffered from chronic paralysis attack.

Also related:
Sellers again introduces bill to offer HPV vaccine to seventh-graders.  Seventh-graders across the state [of South Carolina] could gain access to a free vaccination preventing certain types of cancer if lawmakers can sway Gov. Nikki Haley to support the program.  State Rep. Bakari Sellers, D-Denmark, has introduced legislation that would allow the S.C. Department of Health and Environmental Control to administer a series of three shots that would guard against the human papillomavirus to all seventh-grade students throughout the state.

Merck recalls HPV vaccine Gardasil because shots may contain broken glass.  The pharmaceutical company Merck is recalling nearly 750,000 doses of its HPV vaccine because a handful may be contaminated with broken glass.  The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention described the origin of the glass breakage as "an isolated problem in the vaccine manufacturing process."

You may also find some useful information here:
Monkeys Get Autism-like Reactions to MMR & Other Vaccines In University of Pittsburgh Vaccine Study.  Someone did perform safety studies the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) should have mandated be performed and vetted BEFORE numerous vaccines were released into the public sector for mass vaccinations.  Lead investigator Laura Hewitson, PhD, probably dropped a bombshell when she and her colleagues completed a macaque monkey (primates) study of the very same vaccines given to children during 1994-1999, i.e., the Measles-Mumps-Rubella (MMR) vaccine and several Thimerosal mercury-containing vaccines injected into children during that time frame when the autism spectrum disorder skyrocketed.

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