By Cindy Uken
Friday, February 24, 2012
RiverStone Health, the county’s public health agency, has scheduled a Gardasil immunization clinic for fifth- and sixth-grade students on Wednesday. This is a vaccination against the human papillomavirus, a sexually transmitted virus that can cause cervical cancer. The vaccination is recommended for 11- and 12-year-olds.
RiverStone, which employs a full-time nurse at Lockwood Schools, is simultaneously offering the Menactra immunization to guard against meningitis, a bacterial illness. The vaccine is recommended for all sixth-graders.
But it is the HPV vaccine that is troubling Tabatha Pearson.
“My issue is with the drug — period,” said Pearson, who has two children enrolled at the school. “I believe the school and RiverStone Health are encouraging the kids to be sexually active.”