November 23, 2009
Liberté pour Tous or Pharma Free-for-All? The CDC Relents on Mandatory HPV Vaccine Requirement for Immigrant Girls and Shingles Vaccine for Immigrants Over 60 But Retains Remaining Mandates
By Adriana Gamondes
As reported by the Alliance for Human Research Protection (HERE), the activist collective of scientists, researchers and reform physicians may have had a hand in influencing the CDC’s decision to back down from the requirement that immigrant girls receive a mandatory HPV vaccine series before being granted citizenship to the US. The CDC announced it was also rescinding the Zoster “shingles” vaccine mandate for immigrants over age 60.
Along with the AHRP’s interventions and the vaccine injury movement’s rallying and injury tallying (as of summer, 2009, 15,000 adverse events from Gardasil, 3,000 injuries and 48 deaths have been reported, (HERE), we can be sure the general public’s recent skepticism over the H1N1 flu vaccine “free-for-all” brought pressure to bear on the CDC as well.
We’ll have to see what happens to both standard and immigrant vaccine requirements if and when the proposed new vaccine for Chlamydia ever becomes a reality (HERE). At least young, female, eventually child-bearing immigrants are being required to get one less this year. All the same, the CDC doesn’t appear to be rethinking the fifteen (and counting) remaining shots, including rotavirus and influenza— and all untested in combination—required for citizenship (HERE).
Guillain–Barré—that’s French, right? I suppose a good cure for homesickness would be if, upon getting their green cards and battery of vaccines, French-speaking immigrants find themselves diagnosed in their own language. New arrivals from Japan might be able to kindle thoughts of the old country if their children develop Kawasaki disease following HepB or Rotateq; those of Greek origin can revisit their mother tongue pronouncing new diagnoses (also Greek!) of epilepsy or encephalitis; Russians might be warmed by the “roulette” aspect of the whole thing. And then Alzheimer’s—with all the aluminum in the mandated shots, German émigrés could eventually feel right at home in their diseased state. Those from Latin-language countries won’t need to feel left out either—there’s always dystonia, multiple sclerosis, amyotrophic lateral sclerosis…and autism.