July 1st, 2006


Cruel and Unnecessary Vaccine Withholding

I am severely annoyed that apparently the United Stated Food and Drug Administration has only licensed the HPV vaccine for use in females ages 9 to 26. So if you are male or, like me, over 26, apparently no doctor in the United States is allowed to vaccinate you. I suppose there is a slight chance that it might have some sort of different health effects in males, but what are the odds of it having different health effects in a 29-year-old female than in a 26-year-old female? Surely they must be astronomical. Not that I actually have any health insurance in the first place, of course, but let's pretend for the sake of argument that I did, or fast-forward a year or two into a future in which I will hopefully eventually have health insurance again. Why am I banned from receiving the vaccine, while 26-year-olds who've had four dozen times as many sexual partners as I have and are no more single than I am are allowed to receive it? WHY???? Not all 29-year-olds have already been infected with HPV - especially not with all four strains of it that the vaccine protects against - and not all of us are married with children, either!

The FDA seems to really have it in for my generation. They also refused to license the chicken pox vaccine for use in the United States until ten years after it was licensed in a ton of other countries - long enough that practically everyone my age in the United States except for me had already contracted the chicken pox. But I held out, and eventually, when I was in college, I was able to receive a chicken pox vaccine. But what if they'd only licensed the chicken pox vaccine for elementary school children??? I could be sitting here at the age of almost 30 and still be vulnerable to chicken pox. GIVE US THE DAMN VACCINES ALREADY!!!
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