Manufacturing controversy

What is with this headline and subhead from the Detroit Free Press? This is how they frame their story on the approval of a vaccine for human papillomavirus (HPV), which causes cervical cancer:

Should girls get shots for virus at 9? Some worry vaccination may encourage early sexual activity

Though the article itself is more balanced, it does give the impression that a lot of parents feel like Angie Smith, who says, “Me personally, I would not take my child. For some parents, if you take your child to get that vaccine, it’s like saying sex is OK.” How’s that again?

Fortunately, the accompanying poll shows that the vast majority of parents (at least, those who take online polls) agree with Gwen Scales: “I don’t see how administering a vaccination for chicken pox would make my daughter want to expose herself to chicken pox.” (Right on Gwen!) In answer to the question “Would you allow your daughter to get vaccine [sic] that protects against a virus that causes most cases of cervical cancer?”, 87% of respondents said yes.


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