A bill to be imminently voted on in the New York legislature would permit health care practitioners (doctors, nurses, and others) to provide preventative health care for sexually-transmitted diseases, including the administration of vaccinations, to minors WITHOUT the consent of their parents or guardians.

The target disease of the bill is the human papillomavirus (HPV), a sexually-transmitted virus, which is believed to be the cause of nearly all cervical cancer. The vaccination against HPV is Gardasil, which is made by Merck. The medical community has recommended for some time now that the Gardasil vaccine be administered to girls and women, and that it be given before they become sexually active.

The US FDA has approved the HPV vaccine for administration to girls as young as 9 years old. Even so, many people remain concerned about the vaccine’s side effects, which include fever, nausea, dizziness, diarrhea, fatigue, headache, and muscle pain. It is suggested that you google Gardasil, or ask your health care provider, for more information.

If this bill passes, it means that a doctor or nurse (including a school nurse), or other health care practitioner, may choose to provide this vaccination to your daughter, without your consent, during a routine office visit (provided that your daughter gives her consent to the practitioner).

The NY Senate bill is S4779B. It is believed to be scheduled for action on Tuesday, February 9, 2010. The companion bill in the NY Assembly is A6702C.

If you are against health care practitioners being able to give vaccinations and provide care to your child without your consent, it is imperative that you contact your state senator and your state assembly person NOW. Voting on this bill is imminent.

You may determine who your state senator and assemblyperson are by going to www.hslda.org/toolbox . Feel free to forward this email to anyone you believe to be concerned about this issue.