U.S.: Female immigrants must get cancer vaccine
Safety, costs for 11- to 26-year-olds are questioned, but CDC supports rule
By MARY ENGEL Los Angeles Times
Oct. 22, 2008, 7:20PM
• Americans: About a quarter of U.S. teens — roughly 2.5 million girls — received at least one of the three-shot series in the vaccine's first full year of distribution, says the CDC.
• One state: Only Virginia has made Gardasil mandatory.
A cervical cancer vaccine that has been recommended only for U.S. residents has become a requirement for all new female immigrants ages 11 to 26, sparking an outcry over the order's safety and cost.
"It's outrageous," said Sara Sadhwani, project director for the Asian Pacific American Legal Center in Los Angeles. "It seems absolutely premature to mandate this for immigrant women."