CDC Public Comment on Immigration HPV Vaccine – Ready, Set Go – Time’s Up!

CDC Taking Public Comment on Immigration Vaccine Requirements

Jennifer’s Immigration Issues Blog

May 7, 2009

I stumbled across this post in The Houston Chronicle today, and learned that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is seeking public comment on its proposed immunization requirements for immigrants. From Houston’s Chron.com: “The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has proposed changing the criteria used to decide which vaccines recommended by its Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices [ACIP] should be required for immigrants before they can become legal permanent residents, or green card holders.”

ACIP recommendations only serve as guidelines for U.S. citizens, but are required of immigrants who are seeking refugee status in the U.S., applying for an immigrant visa or adjusting status within the U.S. to that of permanent resident. The CDC proposal could be a step in the right direction for those who oppose the HPV vaccine requirement for immigrant females between the ages of 11 and 26. While the ACIP recommends the HPV vaccine for girls and women in the U.S., it is not a requirement. U.S. citizens have the choice whether or not to take Gardasil, the vaccine to protect against HPV, but immigrant females are not allowed to make that choice.

The CDC notice can be found in the April 8, 2009 edition of the Federal Register. The National Asian Pacific American Women’s Forum also provides a model comment you can use to submit to the CDC. Comments must be received on or before Friday, May 8, 2009 by 11:59 pm EST.

Comment from Leslie

What is this news – both the Houston Chronicle and a reputable blog on immigration issues post information about a volatile and important subject on whether immigrant women should be sujected to the HPV vaccine – and we are given one day notice?   What a crock!

Give me your tired, your poor – women are the most tired and poor creatures on earth – and they will be turned away – because they cannot afford to get into this country…and who will take care of them if they have an adverse reaction to the HPV vaccine.  In my opinion – they are %$#^& either way.  Misogyny is alive and well in the United States of America.

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.