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K.C. Star Guest Op Ed: AS I SEE IT | Measure Would Have Made Guinea Pigs of Preteen Girls

August 14th, 2007 by mopns · No Comments

By Rep. Robert F. Onder

Onder In his recent op-ed column, Democratic state Rep. Sam Page of St. Louis County referred to the controversy over his House Bill 802. As introduced in February, it would have mandated vaccination with human papilloma virus (HPV) vaccine as a condition for entry of 11- and 12 year-old girls into sixth grade.

(Rep. Sam Page)

The piece accurately reported that this bill was defeated. I offered the successful amendment that removed it from the Missouri Health Net bill.

Why would I, a physician and board-certified immunologist who does vaccine research, oppose a bill that promoted a vaccine? I think the question should be asked another way: What is the rationale for the state mandating, or aggressively promoting, vaccinations as conditions of school admission? Read more…

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