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STATE REPRESENTATIVE DAN FLYNN DISAGREES WITH GOVERNOR PERRY'S MANDATE PDF Print E-mail

Governor Rick Perry Issued an EXECUTIVE ORDER today  MANDATING HPV VACCINE for all young women up to age 18.  It only allows objecting parents to seek conscientious objector status.

There was no word in the Executive Order about how the vaccinations will be priced.  With no negotiated price, MANDATED HPV VACCINE costs could impose real hardships on families and state budgets not to mention the objections of many parents.  No details were announced on the costs which many believe could run from $360-$600 per vaccine series.    With approximately 1.9 million Texas children on Medicaid and presumably half of those being girls, the cost could be a $300+ million hit on that program alone. Not to mention what it would mean to families on the Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP).

The gasp has been audible in the hours since Governor Rick Perry's Executive Order mandated HPV vaccines for all girls in Texas. His Executive Order raises more questions than it answers.  This is my answer to this untimely  Order and I plan to be joined by many of the House Members to persuade the Governor to reconsider this Order.

PRESS RELEASE
Date:  February 2, 2007    
STATE REPRESENTATIVE DAN FLYNN DISAGREES WITH GOVERNOR PERRY'S MANDATE
Governor Perry Issues Executive Order forcing Vaccination against Sexually Transmitted Diseases  On Children-

AUSTIN- In what appears to be an effort to circumvent the legislative process, Governor Perry today issued an executive order directing the Health and Human Services Commission (HHSC) to adopt rules requiring all girls ages 11 and 12 to receive the Human Papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine prior to entering the sixth grade, effective September 2008.

"I do not agree with this mandate," stated Representative Flynn (Texas House District 2).  "Not only does this limit a parent's role in making decisions for their families, but the action was never up for a vote in the Legislature."

A bill addressing this issue has been filed in both chambers. If passed, the bill would have accomplished what the Governor mandated: require all girls entering into the 6th grade to receive the vaccination against the sexually-transmitted disease HPV.

"I believe that the issue of mandated STD vaccinations should have been put through the Legislative process, at the very least." said Flynn. Research on this issue and studies of the HPV Vaccination Bill were in full swing in the Texas Capitol.  House and Senate members were just beginning to bring this issue home to discuss with their constituents.  Members were not able to represent their districts properly, and the process that ensures Texans voices are heard - whether for or against - was skipped when the gubernatorial executive order was issued.

"This issue is a very sensitive one: a concern of parents and the health community alike," commented Flynn.  "I believe it is a parent's role- not the government's - to decide when their child is ready to learn about sexually transmitted diseases."

 
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