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Iwrote a column recently advocating the vaccination of our daughters against moncler saldi uomo human papilloma virus, a sexually transmitted disease that can cause genital warts and, years later, cause cervical cancer.
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In many vaccines, patients are given a small amount of the live virus to create the immune response that will protect them if they are exposed later.
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« The truth is that this vaccine protects women against cervical cancer. It is highly effective, nearly 100 percent, against about 70 percent piumini moncler saldi of the cancers. It is really a very good vaccine and a very safe vaccine. »
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« It is a drug company conspiracy in the sense that this company has really overmarketed their product. They pushed very hard for legislation to be passed to make the vaccine mandatory.
« The company overplayed its hand, » said Lurie. « That doesn’t mean that the vaccination is dangerous and it doesn’t mean that it shouldn’t be mandatory. I think it should be. »
piumini moncler saldi « There is a general argument about the making of any vaccine mandatory, » he said. But there is nothing, according to Lurie, that distinguishes HPV from polio, DPT, outlet moncler chicken pox or measles in any important way. piumini moncler saldi
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« An argument can be made that infectious diseases should be treated the same regardless of what behavior caused them, » he said. « Public health should not be judgmental. ».