Perhaps the most insidious obstacle toward HPV vaccination resides in a nasty little parenting decision. When exactly should we vaccinate our boys and girls? The answer is key, because vaccines should be applied at least six months before the first exposure to the virus.
In 2006, Gardasil became available for girls ages six to 24. In 2009, the vaccine became available for males. The majority of people are unaware that the vaccine is effective in males as well as females.
While conservatives and progressives will clearly disagree on the government's role in mandating vaccines, here's what we can agree on: Rick Perry did not have the best interest of our daughters' in mind at the time of his executive order.