University of Missouri

49-1: A Resolution Renewing the Promotion of Vaccine Availability Awareness

Missouri Students Association

University of Missouri

Bill 49-1

A Resolution Renewing the Promotion of Vaccine Availability Awareness

Purpose: To make students aware of an extended opportunity to prevent life-threatening illness by obtaining free HPV vaccine and to update information presented in Bill #48-103

WHEREAS, the Missouri Students Association Senate passed Bill #48-103 on March 18, 2009, to increase student knowledge of an opportunity to receive the HPV vaccine for free at the Boone County Health Department, and

WHEREAS, this opportunity was funded through a grant program that was to expire on March 31st, 2009, causing the legislation to reflect that limited time frame for that opportunity, and

WHEREAS, Senate Speaker Amanda Shelton was notified by the Health Department over the summer that the grant program has been extended by $1,000,000 since that time, which should provide several months of free vaccine availability, and

WHEREAS, this vaccine has been licensed by the Food and Drug Administration and is recommended by the Centers for Disease Control 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, studies are currently being done to test the safety and effectiveness of the vaccine in women over the age of 26, and

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 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, 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 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 after the grant funds are exhausted and currently costs $153 at the Student Health Center,

WHEREAS, vaccines can be given on a 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 http://www.immunize.org/vis/hpv.pdf.

THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED by the Missouri Students Association Senate that the health of all students 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, MSA Senate Speaker

Erica Zucco, Academic Affairs Chair

Colleen Hoffmann, MSA Vice President

Evan Wood, Operations Vice Chair