"Close to 4,000 women die of cervical cancer every year, a 10th of them in Texas. The human papillomavirus - which will infect more than half of sexually active people at some point in their lives - is the leading cause of the disease. A new vaccine, Merck's Gardasil, prevents almost all of the strains of HPV responsible for 70 percent of these cancer cases..."
(from this link)
This seems to be a fairly well-balanced, but still pro-vaccine editorial.
I haven't researched the author's figures. However, according to her calculations, there are 400 deaths per year in Texas, from cervical cancer. This vaccine can prevent 70% of them. That comes to 280 cases a year. OK. According to Wikipedia's article about Texas, we have a population (2005) of approximately twenty-three and a half million people (23,500,000 and change)
I can't find a breakdown of just how many are girls in the age-range Governor Perry wants to vaccinate, but I'm guessing it's multiple millions.
At $360 a pop.
Insurance companies will have to cover it somehow.
Merck gets their money.
280 deaths a year are prevented.
Why is he willing to mandate this, and STILL won't allow proper sex education and distribution of condoms to teens?
I get it. I wonder if Our Governor makes anything from Merck on this deal.