Michele Bachmann would love Idaho: Lowest HPV vaccination rate in the USA

The biggest news in last week's GOP presidential debate was Rep. Michele Bachmann's attack on Texas Gov. Rick Perry for ordering Texas girls to receive the "HPV" vaccine preventing cervical cancer.

Bachmann called the vaccine against the human papillomavirus "dangerous," a claim immediately countered by health experts.

In a story in Monday's New York Times, medical reporter Denise Grady wrote, "But the harm to public health may have already been done. When politicians or celebrities raise alarms about vaccines, even false alarms, vaccination rates drop."

Idaho earns the distinction of having the lowest HPV vaccination rate of any state, with 17 percent of girls between 13 and 17 having received the recommended three doses. Others below 20 percent included Mississippi, Arkansas and Alabama. The national average is 32 percent. Rhode Island has the highest rate, 55 percent.

In the 1990s, Idaho GOP Govs. Phil Batt and Dirk Kempthorne worked hard to boost general immunization rates, but ran into resistance from citizens who see immunizations as unhealthy and who oppose government intervention in health decisions.

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I thought it was because maybe SHE could understand Rammell.

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Agreed

Maybe they will hunt illegal elk together

Then they could have whoopie and blow elk calls madly.

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I am opposed to government mandated vaccinations

Particularly where the need is questionable and reactions sometimes severe. Do a web/youtube search on "gardasil side effects" to see real people's reactions.

Perry Mandated it in Texas

That's the only government mandate I know of.

No

There was an opt out provision.

And others

So you would be opposed to the state mandating the Polio vaccine?

Or mandating that all school children get a flu shot during an epidemic?

People keep implying we need 150 million less of US.

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State of Hypocrites

"Phil Batt and Dirk Kempthorne worked hard to boost general immunization rates, but ran into resistance from citizens who see immunizations as unhealthy and who oppose government intervention in health decisions."
Except where reproductive rights are concerned then the government can intervene all it wants.

Reproductive and Death Rights

Otter and the GOP has stuck their government nose into everything from birth control to thend of life terms.

the result

will be that Idaho will be able to boast of one of the highest rates of cervical cancer in women in 30 years or so.

I have a daughter who's 11 and she was vaccinated when she was 10.

I heard that HPV comes from SEX and the shot wears off b4 17-so.

To my knowledge if you give you child the vaccine at 10 and she remains abstinent until adulthood then she will still need a new shot, something many parents probably don't even know.

Is this responsible or are we doing it in case a pedohile preys on them? Will you be responsible for telling your child when she needs to get another shot?
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I heard the CDC is the best source for vaccine info

http://www.cdc.gov/vaccines/vpd-vac/hpv/vac-faqs.htm

I've heard whale blubber is good with chocolate sauce...

Not being into blubber I cannot confirm this information.

Likewise, no cervix either. Wouldn't matter...we give it to them and they give it back after oral sex...it's like disease giftcards.

Take heed.

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