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3/23/2007 12:25:20 PM
Home School Legal Defense Association
Indiana: Calls Needed on Immunization Reporting For Pre-Teen Girls

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March 23, 2007

Indiana: Calls Needed on Immunization Reporting For Pre-Teen Girls

Dear HSLDA members and friends,

We have just learned of a concerning development in Senate Bill 327.
This is the bill that would require schools to report whether girls
between the ages of 11 to 12 have been immunized against four types of
the human papillomavirus (HPV), a disease that is transmitted by
sexual contact.

This bill has passed the Senate and was in the House Public Health
Committee. However, the Committee just voted Wednesday to pass the
bill with an amendment. The amendment defines "school" to include all
public and registered nonpublic schools but also specifically exempts
"homeschools."

The problem with this is that homeschoolers operate as nonpublic
schools under Indiana law. This would be the first time under Indiana
statutes that the word "homeschool" would be inserted. This could
begin a slippery slope to separate homeschools from other nonpublic
schools and increase the risk of the legislature defining homeschools
in the future. We believe it would be better to remove this language
and instead exempt all nonpublic schools (which would include
homeschools) from this reporting requirement on the HPV vaccine.

Senate Bill 327 is before the full House and could be voted on as
early as Monday. Your calls are needed now to have the bill amended on
the floor. A couple of representatives will offer an amendment on the
floor to exempt all nonpublic schools from this bill when it comes up.
Please call now to help remove nonpublic schools from these reporting
requirements.

REQUESTED ACTION:

1) Please contact your state representative and give him or her this
message in your own words:

"Please support the amendment to Senate Bill 327 to exempt all
nonpublic schools from having to file reports on the HPV vaccine. The
decision of whether parents should have their child immunized against
HPV should be between the family and their doctor. All nonpublic
schools should be exempt from these reporting requirements."

Please do not identify yourself as a homeschoolers, but instead call
as a concerned parent and constituent.

You can use HSLDA's Legislative Toolbox at
http://www.hslda.org/toolbox to find the name and contact information
for your state representative. You can also contact the Indiana
Legislature at (317) 232-9600 or 1 (800) 382-9842.

BACKGROUND:

Human papillomavirus, or HPV, is a group of viruses that have about
100 different strains or types. Over 30 of these viruses are sexually
transmitted. While most HPV infections are dealt with by the body's
immune system and no symptoms occur, there are several types that can
cause cancer or genital warts. For more information about HPV see the
Center for Disease Control and Prevention information at
http://www.hslda.org/elink.asp?id=3788 .

Those who are most likely to get HPV are those who have sex at an
early age, have many sex partners, or have a sex partner who has had
many partners.

However, the only FDA approved HPV vaccine, Gardasil,
(http://www.gardasil.com/ )is not a cure for HPV or cervical cancer.
Instead the vaccine seeks to prevent an individual from contracting
the four specific types of HPV (6, 11, 16, and 18) which are
responsible for 70% of cervical cancers and 90% of genital warts.
There is currently no cure for these sexually transmitted viruses.
Even the FDA and the CDE admit the only "cure" is abstinence before
marriage and a monogamous relationship during marriage.

There have been no long-term studies of the HPV vaccine. Children in
the 9-year-old age group have been monitored for only 18 months and
there have been no studies on the carcinogenic risk or the general
toxicity of the vaccine itself. From July 2006 to the end of 2006,
there were 385 unique reports of adverse events filed with the Vaccine
Adverse Event Reporting System (VAERS) following the receipt of the
vaccine. For a full review of these reports please see
http://www.hslda.org/elink.asp?id=3789 .

Additionally, there is some concern that rushing to mandate the HPV
vaccine for pre-teen girls will not have the intended affect of
preventing cervical cancer. Early immunization may not be effective
because the vaccine could wear off before the person is most
susceptible. Gardasil has only been proven to have five years of
effectiveness. While there appears to be a 10-to-15-year incubation
period for certain HPV types potentially becoming cervical cancer, the
average age a woman contracts cervical cancer is in her mid 40s. For
more information see http://www.hslda.org/elink.asp?id=3790 .

Over the past few months, Merck, the pharmaceutical manufacturer of
Gardasil, has lobbied vigorously to mandate the HPV vaccine for middle
school age girls. At present there are over 34 states where HPV bills
have been introduced. A few state legislatures have already defeated
HPV bills this year.

Due to all of the concerns raised about mandating the Gardasil vaccine
to middle school age girls, Merck has abandoned its efforts to lobby
state legislatures to require the vaccine.

Thank you for your time to make the call on behalf of freedom of
private schools in Indiana.

Sincerely,

Thomas J. (Tj) Schmidt
HSLDA Staff Attorney

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