Since the mandate requiring the HPV vaccine we've heard from all sides of the issue, from various sectors of the community. As the debate continues, doctors aren't surprised to be getting many questions from parents. As KLTV 7's Christine Nelson reports, one pediatrician tells us there's already a waiting list at her office, for parents who want their daughters vaccinated.More >>
For people of faith, the HPV mandate could be just as controversial an issue: weighing the health and safety of a daughter versus what their respective faith believes. KLTV 7's Christine Nelson spoke with different denominations in the community today. More >>
It's a vaccine that can protect your child from cancer but some East Texans are against the vaccine, that would help prevent the leading cause of Cervical Cancer. Now, we hear from an East Texas woman who has been diagnosed with HPV agrees with Governor Perry's decision.More >>
It's an emotional debate, Governor Rick Perry making an executive order requiring 11 and 12 year old school girls to get the HPV vaccine. Some state lawmakers say they should have been allowed to hear from doctors, scientists and patients before the mandate. More >>
Governor Rick Perry issued the order making Texas the first state to require the shots to protect against strains of the Human Papilloma Virus.More >>
Governor Perry evidently didn't get the voter's message in the last election about the cost of arrogance. The HPV vaccine may be the right thing to do but he should have allowed it to go through the state legislative process. Regardless of his intentions the decision is tainted by the coincidences relating to the drug maker Merck who is most likely to benefit from his hurry order. Consider this...Merck contributed money to Governor Perry's reelection campaign...His former chief of staff is now the chief lobbyist for Merck in Austin....And finally this hurry up may give Merck a head a start on another drug maker who is developing a competing vaccine.
The good news is legislation was developed in the house last week to stop this unwarranted mandate in its tracks. I can tell you if you live in any of the counties you see on the screen that your state representative told us they fully intend to stand up to the governor and support this counter measure. Our east Texas delegation should be commended for standing up for what's right and making this a better east Texas.