Title

The HPV Vaccine Controversy: Where are the Women? Where are the Men? Where is the Money?

Document Type

Proceeding

Document Subtype

Abstract

Source of Publication

International Journal of Feminist Approaches to Bioethics

Publisher

Indiana University Press

Place of Publication

Bloomington, Indiana

Publication Date

4-2010

Volume

3

Issue

Number 1

Inclusive pages

99-112

Abstract

Should the HPV vaccine be mandatory for young women? Many proponents

of mandatory vaccinations argue that it is good for women. Yet feminists have

reason to be concerned. A partial list of reasons that are cause for skepticism

include the following: (1) the fact that there are large expenses associated with

the vaccination, which could lead to some serious conflicts of interest; (2) the

fact that men carry this virus, yet there is no push to vaccinate them; and (3)

the fact that it is not clear that the vaccine has been sufficiently tested to ensure

women’s safety. This paper will examine legislation to make the HPV vaccine

mandatory and will discuss the implications that surround it.

Disciplines

Philosophy

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