|More info re: Texas Mandate|
More info re: Texas Mandate
Feb. 6th, 2007 @ 07:39 am
This is the best explanation I've seen for why States, and the CDC, are being encouraged to make it mandatory:
"Religious exemptions to mandatory vaccines are already available in every state but West Virginia and Mississippi.
If it's easy to opt out, why the battle over mandatory? Because mandatory = affordable. States cannot make a vaccine mandatory for school entry unless they are willing to provide it to those who cannot pay. And thus, through the CDC's Vaccines For Children program, every state supplies children with required vaccines free of cost. But optional vaccines are a different story. For example, check out this price list for various optional vaccines at the Shelby County (Tennessee) Health Department; the price per shot is as high as $96. Required vaccines at the same clinic cost $8. And that's at a health department, which is pretty much the cheapest place to get vaccinated anywhere. Put simply, if the HPV vaccine is not made mandatory, it probably won't reach the low-income women and girls who need it most."
THANK YOU! This is the first time I've seen this - it's been hella busy here, and I haven't had the time to surf like I normally do :grin: - and it *does* make sense!
I'm glad it helped! I'm still not entirely happy, as I rarely am with government-mandated. But, it's not like mandated vaccines are new, and this is an explanation for WHY that I can accept, understand, and appreciate. And since those who are opposed for whatsoever reason have the right to opt out I consider it to be in the win column overall.
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