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CDC on Forced HPV Vaccination of Immigrants

October 15, 2008

At OBOS today, I have a bit on the new requirement that immigrants seeking legal U.S. residency receive the HPV vaccine, including information on the CDC’s response to the requirement (they didn’t know or mean it, they say).

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9 Comments leave one →
  1. October 15, 2008 11:24 am

    What’s the problem? If they want to live here, then they have to get the immunizations we tell them to get. If some some strange reason they don’t want to be vaccinated, they can stay in their birth countries.

  2. October 15, 2008 11:39 am

    I’d suggest reading the briefly outlined problems in the post and the additional links provided for background.

  3. October 15, 2008 11:56 am

    I don’t see those as valid problems. These are people who want to come to the US. It is up to them to meet the requirements in order to do so.

  4. October 15, 2008 12:04 pm

    Well, “I don’t see those as valid problems” (a statement of disagreement) is different from “What’s the problem?” (indicating that the statement of the perceived problems hasn’t been read in the first place). Yes, they must meet the requirements. I am suggesting that we ask whether this specific requirement is valid or useful in the first place. This is the difference between “X is illegal” and “Does it make sense for X to be illegal,” and some of us are obviously going to disagree. If you think it’s appropriate to mandate a vaccine that we don’t mandate for citizens, for a disease that isn’t readily contagious and so doesn’t pose the kind of public health threat as other vaccine-preventable diseases, in a vulnerable population with no opt-out provisions (which we provide to citizens when we recommend or even mandate vaccines), then we disagree. Plainly.

  5. MomTFH permalink
    October 15, 2008 5:47 pm

    Jonolan, HPV vaccines are not required for citizens, HPV is not more prevalent in other countries or primarily spread by immigrants, and the vaccine is expensive and controversial. Just because they want to come here doesn’t mean that any requirement is automatically justified and should not be examined.

  6. Lenny permalink
    February 4, 2009 2:56 pm

    I think it’s pretty pathetic that because the Bush administration wanted to make sure that the Merck execs were fat and happy that they made it mandatory wherever they could. It probably really frustrated them when the ploy to make it mandatory to all US girls was thwarted by public outrage. Well, immigrants are a lesser class of human, right? Moronic if you ask me. So now my 25 year old wife, at little to no risk of HPV or HPV related disease, is required to inject this poison into her healthy body before she can live in the great US of A with her husband. What a wonderful country.

  7. June 9, 2009 12:52 pm

    For stories from individual women about this requirement, more information, and some of the organizing NAPAWF and other reproductive justice organizations are involved in- we’ve produced a half-hour radio documentary on the topic. The program is called “Guard Us All? Immigrant Women and the HPV Vaccine.” You can listen here:

    Advocates argue that this vaccine is a new chapter in a history of reproductive oppression that targets women of color and immigrant women. On this edition of “Making Contact,” we have the voices of activists, doctors, attorneys and women most affected by the vaccination requirement.

    Fatima Quraishi, Pakistani immigrant; Priscilla Huang, National Asian Pacific American Women’s Forum policy and programs director; Dr. Deblina Datta, CDC division of STD Prevention; Jessica Gonzalez, National Latina Institute for Reproductive Health director of policy and advocacy; Loretta Ross, SisterSong founding member; Beth Stickney, Immigrant Legal Advocacy Project executive director and attorney; Woman client (name withheld for confidentiality and safety), immigrant from Chile; Nial Cox Ramirez, and Elaine Riddick Jessie, residents of North Carolina and subjects of sterilization.

    • June 9, 2009 2:29 pm

      Thanks, Elena. By the way, “Guard Us All?” is a great, clever title. 😉

  8. curlycuz permalink
    December 9, 2009 9:32 pm

    Would like to add in repsonse to Jonolans post (again old as it might be) that I lived in the UK for most of my life and watched as our tiny island filled up with people from other countries.I agree to a certain extent about complience in as much as,you follow the countries laws,you don’t try and change the countries core values (religion language etc..) as many have tried to do in England,if you want the country you live in to be as your own then go back to your own,BUT when it comes to forcing people to put stuff into their bodies,for me it conjures up images of concentration camps and POW’s.I moved to France in my early teen years and discovered a whole community of “Brits’ who found each other,and then created a community within a community,they expected people to speak English to them and understand them,This greatly annoyed me,I went there,spoke French,blended in,I won’t say I didnt have English friends but I kept well away from trying to ‘bring England to France’ I appreciated the culture,the food,the langage and in turn made some great frends and connections.I expect the same here in the states,I respect the rules,respect the people.Don’t agree with a lot of it,but I live here and I must respectfully live and let live,however.once again,when it comes to my body,it’s mine and if I have reason to believe as many other thousands of people do (you just don’t hear much about it) that vaccination is not only useless but a toxin,that should be my right to protect it and refuse to be forced into having ‘stuff’ injected just to live here legally.



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