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Columbus Parent

Last issue's question:

What are you thoughts on adding HPV vaccinations to the list of mandatory vaccinations for school age children?

Your answers:

Any step I can take to make my kids safer is a good one.

- Sandra, Powell

After consulting with my gyno and my daughter's pediatrician, I consider it a tool to protect her like any other vaccine.

- Charlotte, Delaware

I strongly believe that the government shouldn't be in the business of coerced healthcare. In this case, we are talking about a sexually transmitted disease. This is not something which is casually acquired at school and should have nothing to do with being mandated for school attendance-even with an opt-out option.

Ultimately, this is about making money for a drug company (which has very effective lobbyists and advertising campaigns). It is about whether we as a state want to insist that girls (and, eventually, boys) be injected with a chemical condom that isn't even effective against every form of HPV, much less any other form of STD.

If parents want to protect their girls from cervical cancer, they can either choose (on their own and with their own money) to have their children's immune system tampered with, or they can train their children to remain chaste. I shouldn't be required to fund HPV injections (whether through my taxes or my insurance company) any more than I should be forced to pay for publicly-funded abortions.

It should also be noted that the trials of this vaccine included sexually-active teenage girls. In essence, children were encouraged to have sex so that Merck could make money.

-Valerie, Newark

As a person who has suffered through having the HPV virus and have had cervical cancer, I absolutely believe it is the right thing to do. It should be common sense. It's a preventable disease and damaging not only to your body but to your self esteem. Prevent it!

- Angie

Next question:

Is it okay to fight in front of the kids? Why or why not?