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The world's first cancer vaccine was administered 10 years ago. Since then, the human papilloma virus (HPV) vaccine has been rolled out across 130 countries and halved the number of new cervical cancers. Should this vaccine be required?

The world's first cancer vaccine was administered 10 years ago. Since then, the human papilloma virus (HPV) vaccine has been rolled out across 130 countries and halved the number of new cervical cancers. Should this vaccine be required?
  • Yes, there is no reason not to make it mandatory

    If it works, and it does, there is no reason not to make it a required shot. If we know for a fact it can prevent HPV and keep people from spreading and contracting it, we could destroy the virus and keep more people from getting cancers and diseases from the virus.

  • Yes, the human papilloma virus vaccine should be required.

    The HPV vaccine has shown throughout 130 countries that it has cut down the cases cervical cancers by 50% in the ten years since it was introduced. Therefore, it is proven to be a major health benefit of any society that it is introduced to and should be required of all citizens.

  • It saves lives and money

    Just like with other vaccines, people who don't get them contribute to poor health, with diseases that can be spread to others. The long term cost of people not getting vaccinated, especially for something as expensive to treat as cancer, gets shifted to everyone else, even if they did choose to get the vaccine themselves.

  • Yes, most of us get the virus, we don’t know we have it.

    The HPV vaccine also protects against cancers in the throat and mouth in both men and women. Cervical cancer is one of the few human cancers that is known to be directly caused by a viral infection. This battle is extremely important. HPV is a very common virus, though most people manage to rid themselves of it naturally, without even knowing they contacted it. However, some people can’t eliminate it themselves, and in these cases, there’s a good chance of a cancer emerging.

  • Yes, the HPV Vaccine should be required

    Yes, the HPV Vaccine should be required because it is proven to decrease the chance of getting cervical cancers. Any vaccine that is 100% proven to decrease the chance of disease should be required since it could lead to the end of the disease itself. The continuation of the vaccine could lead to the cure after more research.

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