Utah health official bans Gardasil, stirring controversy

Posted on Dec 19, 2013 in Medical Rewind, Vaccines

Utah’s Southwest Health Department says Gardasil is too expensive and questions its effectiveness.

Citing low demand, high costs — and questioning the benefits, Utah’s Southwest Public Department of Health does not stock or recommend Gardasil, the vaccine against HPV, the cancer-causing human papilloma virus.

The decision to exclude the vaccine from its public health clinics in Beaver, Iron, Garfield, Kane and Washington counties was made years ago, not by the area’s Board of Health, but by the agency’s director, physician David Blodgett.

By kirsten stewart –  The Salt Lake Tribune