Why the Requirement that Female Immigrants Receive the Gardasil Vaccine Prior to Becoming Permanent Residents Should Be Suspended

Social Science Research Network

Putting an End to an Unintentional Result: Why the Requirement that Female Immigrants Receive the Gardasil Vaccine Prior to Becoming Permanent Residents Should Be Suspended

Elizabeth R. Sheyn
affiliation not provided to SSRN

Valparaiso University Law Review, Vol. 44, 2009

Abstract:
This Article concerns the recent (August 2008) CDC-sponsored requirement that female immigrants to the United States receive the Gardasil vaccine prior to changing their residency status and, eventually, becoming naturalized citizens. The Article provides a background of the Gardasil vaccine including its usage and development, highlights the vaccine’s potential side-effects and other problems, and discusses potential social, economic, and constitutional issues raised by the Gardasil vaccine requirement in the immigration context. Finally, the Article argues that the requirement that female immigrants receive the Gardasil vaccine should be suspended.

Keywords: Gardasil, Constitution, immigrant

JEL Classifications: K10, K32

Accepted Paper Series


PG

Author: Leslie Carol Botha

Author, publisher, radio talk show host and internationally recognized expert on women's hormone cycles. Social/political activist on Gardasil the HPV vaccine for adolescent girls. Co-author of "Understanding Your Mood, Mind and Hormone Cycle." Honorary advisory board member for the Foundation for the Study of Cycles and member of the Society for Menstrual Cycle Research.