Friday, October 26, 2007


Apparently the UK is smarter than we are.

Schoolgirls in Britain will be vaccinated against the virus that causes cervical cancer from September 2008, ministers have announced.

This goes further than recommended by experts, with all aged 12-13 eligible, and a catch-up campaign up to 18.

It is thought that vaccinating against human papilloma virus (HPV) could save hundreds of lives in the UK each year.

The vaccine is given in three injections over six months at a cost of around £300 a course.

Earlier this year the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation recommended routine vaccination for 11 to 12-year olds, including the possibility of a catch-up campaign - but only up to the age of 16.

We here in the US are afraid to provide this vaccination because it might lead women to having sex. How they came about that conclusion is really beyond me, but it's nice to know that some countries respect the health of young women over the bigotry of legislating sex.

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