University of Missouri

48-103: A Resolution Promoting Vaccine Availability Awareness

Purpose: To make students aware of an opportunity to prevent life-threatening illness by obtaining free HPV vaccine through March 31st

WHEREAS, according to the Centers for Disease Control in 2007, genital human papillomavirus (HPV) is “the most commonly sexually transmitted virus in the United States,” and

WHEREAS, HPV can cause several more serious illnesses, including cervical cancer, which is the second most prevalent cause of cancer deaths in women around the world, and

WHEREAS, more than fifty percent of adults contract HPV at some point in their lives, and

WHEREAS, HPV vaccine is considered safe for girls as young as 9 and adult women as old as 26 to provide long-term protection against four strains of cancer and disease-causing HPV, and

WHEREAS, the Columbia/Boone County Department of  Health and Human Services Division of Clinic and Nursing is offering the three shot HPV vaccine series for free if started before March 31st as part of a grant program provided by the Missouri Foundation for Health, and

WHEREAS, each shot in the three-shot series will cost over $160 at the health department and (currently and after March 31st) $153 at the Student Health Center,

WHEREAS, vaccines can be given on walk-in basis Monday through Friday from 8-4:30 at the Health Department, even over the lunch hour, and

WHEREAS, studies have shown that HPV vaccine can cause mild side effects, including pain, redness, swelling, or itching at the injection site or fever but can cause a serious allergic reaction, and

WHEREAS, women can obtain more information  about possible allergy issues, risk factors, and benefits by contacting the Student Health Center or the Health Department or going to

THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED by the Missouri Students Association Senate that women’s health is an issue of utmost importance and developments that promote a higher standard of well-being among any student population should be supported and promulgated both on campus and in the community.

Respectfully Submitted,


Amanda Shelton                     Erica Zucco                                        Danielle Bellis

MSA Senate Speaker              Academic Affairs Chair                     Operations Committee

Senate Clerk


Alex Holley                             Michelle Horan

Multicultural Issues Chair       Student Affairs