In the final analysis, the leading cause of death among women throughout the world can now be largely prevented through early interventions such as the administration of the HPV shot.

The debate is firmly rooted in political and religious struggles which have no place in a public health debate which involves a worldwide public health crisis.  If the genders were reversed, and this was a vaccine for teenage boys, the debate would probably be less fierce.

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The time is now to present a uniform stance in favor of requiring the HPV shot for teenage girls and relegating morals and religion to personal rather than public forums.

Works Cited

Daley, Ellen M., and Robert J. Mcdermott. “The HPV Vaccine: Separating Politics from Science-A Commentary.” American Journal of Health Education 38.3 (2007): 177+. Questia. Web. 26 Mar. 2010.

HPV Vaccine Information For Young Women.  U.S. Department of Health and Human Resources, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, from

Vamos, Cheryl A., Robert J. Mcdermott, and Ellen M. Daley. “The HPV Vaccine: Framing the Arguments for and against Mandatory Vaccination of All Middle School Girls.” Journal of School Health 78.6 (2008): 302+. Questia. Web. 26 Mar. 2010.