New Mexico to make cervical cancer vaccine mandatory for girls entering sixth grade

There is seemingly no area of our existence that can now escape the tentacles of government. Soon to be added to that list in New Mexico is mandatory vaccinations for HPV virus for all girls entering sixth grade unless their parents sign a waiver.
Governor Richardson has already said he’ll sign the bill mandating the vaccine, but who will pick up the $400 tab for the shots? Presumably this will fall to taxpayers one way or the other.
We’re all for preventing diseases — that’s one of the reasons we support Health Savings Accounts after all — but governments that mandate you get a vaccine for the sole purpose of protecting yourself — as opposed to vaccinating people in order to stop a disease to spread through the entire population — seems a bit over the top.

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