Well, cervical cancer is potentially preventable but HPV is actually thought to account for about 5% of all new cancers worldwide with about 27,000 HPV-related cancers are diagnosed in the USA every year. Of these around 13,000 will be cervical and around 4000 will die of it, in Europe its the 7th most common cause of womens deaths. The infection is very common with an estimated 79 million Americans infected, it seems sex education around prevention doesn't really impact on infection rates. There are lots of HPV viruses and the vaccines try to target the ones most commonly associated with cancers. It doesn't treat established infection so must be given before exposure but in countries were vaccination has been established they are already seeing large reductions in the rates of infection, 60% in Australia, with a 50% reduction in precancerous lesions.
People forget that vaccines are among the most studied group of pharmaceutical products around, studies are conducted across the world by different independent organisations, some 170 million doses have been given worldwide (around 90 million in the US). While any vaccine can have adverse effects, the type and rate does vary, HPV vaccines are considered among the safest.
Most of the antivax propaganda is highly misleading and based on a poor understanding, a common claim is that exposure to so many vaccinations causes harm, they miss the point that on the first day of life a baby is exposed to many thousands potential antigens, and it continues until they die. The second problem is from the VAERS, the Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System, a passive system that allows anyone to report a possible problem. Researchers use this to inform areas that require investigation, so any clusters of adverse events, adverse events that follow a common pattern would guide investigators, all deaths are also investigated. Simply treating any comment as reliable data about adverse events is misguided. However there have been numerous specific studies that have found no association with neurological disorders, causing blood clots, or fertility problems. Of deaths that have occurred around the time of vaccination they haven't been able to clearly link the vaccine with the cause of death. In fact a large 8 year clinical trial comparing the vaccine to a placebo (saline) failed to show a significant difference in reported adverse events.
The principle adverse events are a sore arm and for some reason teenage girls seem more likely to feel faint, so people are advised to sit down following the vaccination.
I'm afraid that Vals post sort of illustrates the problem of association of symptoms, but if the diagnosis of Lyme disease an infection transmitted by tick bites, is correct, that would explain all the other symptoms and would have nothing to do with the vaccination.
The fact that most of the associated cancers occur significantly later in life can make it difficult to link the vaccine with end results but as the vaccines improve the effects on society will become more and more obvious. 0
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