Immigrant girls and women will no longer be required to get the HPV vaccine before filing for their green cards, read an article from the Associated Press today. The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention requires a host of vaccines be given to immigrants applying for green card status, however, starting December 14, HPV will no longer be on that list.
Back in 2006, the The Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices -- who advises the federal government on immunization policies, advised that the HPV vaccine Gardasil be given to all 11, 12-year-old girls. But now, the same committee is not pushing for the same vaccine to be given to boys. The reason is cost effectiveness, claims the commitee.
You may have heard of news reports circulating on people contracting the Swine Flu. People are naturally freaking out about the virus because not only has it already reached our borders, but it's a disease that could spread like wildfire if we're not careful -- and with little remedy.
But how worried should you be? Decide for yourself with some basic facts here.