NBC's Don Teague and Nancy Snyderman covered the growing furor over that cervical cancer vaccine yesterday. Shots of Gardasil, made by the hard-lobbying Merck Pharmaceuticals, prevent most infections by the sexually-transmitted virus that can lead to the deadly tumor. Now ABC chose the same reporter-plus-in-house-doctor combination for its lead. In Dallas, Mike von Fremd found a "spontaneous backlash" against the order by Republican Governor Rick Perry that all pre-teen girls in Texas be required to get the shot. "Some parents argue that it encourages children to have sex," von Fremd declared, painting the implausible picture of syringes as aphrodisiacs.
Dr Timothy Johnson (no link) told anchor Gibson that there is "absolutely no evidence" that this vaccine boosts a young girl's libido and, anyway, even a non-sexually-active daughter "could not guarantee that her husband would not transmit the virus" when she eventually got married. But if boys are infected too, why is Gardasil not being jabbed into them? Johnson did not address that and Gibson did not ask.
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