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Government Forcing HPV Vaccine on Immigrant Women

Recently, the government added another vaccine to the list required by immigrants looking to come to this country – Gardasil.

Gardasil vaccinates against the human papillomavirus, the most common STD in the United States, and the leading cause of Cervical cancer among women.

However, the vaccine is not mandatory for female citizens. Dr. Jon Abramson, chairman of the CDC, said he saw no reason for it to be mandatory.

Dr. Abramson said he opposes mandating Gardasil, which prevents the cervical-cancer-causing human papillomavirus (HPV), because the sexually transmitted HPV is not a contagious disease like measles…

Given the vaccines track record (3500 major complaints and multiple deaths ) and its high cost (up to $162 for each of three doses), it looks like the Bush administration is not only testing out dangerous drugs on immigrant populations, but also putting up yet ANOTHER barrier for those who would like to immigrate to this country using our broken system. Not to mention, the company that manufactures the vaccine, Merck, is set to make millions off of this new venture. Sound familiar?

For more on this, check out ThinkProgress.

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