Since I’ve been on the subject of vaccines, let’s look at something I’ve heard about. Bear in mind that this is purely anecdotal, at third hand no less. I can’t verify it, but it has the ring of truth.
As I heard it, a Muslim mother with very little English proudly informed a relative that her young daughter had just gotten vaccinated against “cancer.” Translation: someone grossly over-simplified the HPV vaccine to get a Muslim parent to agree to something that would give some protection against human papillomavirus, when the Muslim girl starts having unprotected sex.
So I’m not really talking about the vaccine per se. I’m considering the social ramifications of devout Muslims, a small minority of whom are crazy enough to murder their daughters for dating the wrong guys, realizing that the government is prepping their daughters for sex. (I know; that isn’t exactly — sort of — the case, but it is how the extreme crazies that concern me may see it.)
If this happened as I heard it, the person who explained the “cancer vaccine” probably had the best of intentions… yet failed to consider possibilities beyond the merely medical. I would think that deliberately misleading someone about a vaccine is a violation of medical ethics (“I can’t get cancer now; I can start smoking!”), and in this alleged case, a violation of freaking common sense.
Am I over-reacting? Some parents already object to their daughters being prepped for sex. Now imagine parents from a culture that believes in “honor killing” expressing their objections.