Last night I learned that the HPV vaccine, Gardasil, was now being required of girls and women in order for them to be legal permanent residents of the United States. At the time, it was unclear to me who (as in, what age) the vaccine was being required for – it turns out, according to government documents, that the vaccine is being required of girls and women ages 11 through 26. I cannot believe that they are mandating this for CHILDREN – this has been a huge controversy in the United States for girls who are citizens (parent groups, conservative organizations, religious groups and feminist groups protested when states tried to mandate the vaccine to young girls in the US) – but now people immigrating into the US are being required to get this vaccine?
From what I am reading on health-related listservs today, several groups are planning to protest this requirement. Stay tuned.