Saturday, 27 September 2008
I'm not entirely sure where I stand on the HPV vaccine thing. On the one hand, I am wary of the possibility that this will encourage promiscuity (I'm ok, I've had the jab, so I'm not going to get any STDs, so I can have "safe" sex), and it might give a false sense of security (Ok, I don't need to worry about cervical cancer as I've had the jab) On the other hand, the vaccine will help to reduce the risk of cervical cancer.
I did wonder about whether this was being brought in rather too quickly. It had the feeling (and this was gut reaction on my part, based on the little information on the vaccine which had made its way into the media) of a knee-jerk reaction on the part of the government.
Then the Catholic school in Manchester banned it, even though the Church said that the vaccination wasn't against Church teaching...
Then I read what Joe had to say on Catholic Commentary. It would appear that the school is a victim of media spin.
Apparently, the school had been involved in trials of the vaccine. Several students involved in the trials suffered side effects (nausea, joint pains, headache and high fever) so the school governors decided against having the vaccine given at school, but recommended that pupils dhould receive the jabs through their GPs.
Now that really puts a completely different spin on things!
And maybe my gut reaction was right after all!