All doctors and health practitioners say the same thing.....that the Gardasil vaccine is safe, lots of doses given with no bad reactions, consequences of getting cancer can be prevented, etc. etc. I hear all this and still worry that my child could be the one freak case that has a life altering severe reaction. The doctor that talked to me yesterday said that the few severe cases that have been reported were in people that had other underlying medical problems. This still does not make me feel any better. And furthermore.....I never had this vaccine, my mother never had it, my grandmother never had it....and guess what? We're all fine! Could it be that cervical cancer is easy to catch and treat so this vaccine is not really even necessary? After all, you're required to have pap screenings for this anyway. I'm very very conflicted on this vaccine. The medical community just wants to tell me that it's good for my child so get it and shut up. But I don't want my daughter to be that one case that ends up in a wheelchair and the medical community shrugs it's shoulders and says, "Gee, sorry....this is very rare. Good luck with your life"
I feel much the same as you. My eldest is due to receive hers next year and I am still not feeling decided. The risk you mention is far fetched enough however it is a risk and this risk exists with any vaccine. I believe cervical cancer is quite preventable in the sense that we can educate kids to always use protection and on top of this to get regular screenings. As we have done as well. I have just had some changed (grade 2) noted on my cervix and a CIN 3 confirmed by biopsy and underwent cold knife cervical conization. No problem. I had paps every year, then neglected for 3 years and then caught the changes at last phase. Still before cancer. And it is highly debatable whether cancer would have developed or not. Still, we are able to nip it in the bud given the current medical agression I think I will opt out of the Gardasil for both my kids. They had to get so many shots, this one just makes me feel more uncomfortable than the rest.
Hi Chelles, Gardasil is a fairly new vaccine in that it was licensed in 2006. It has been in use in countries all over the World since then and is usually given at the 11-12 year well child visit at the same time the Tdap & first Meningitis shots are given. It's given to protect against hpv (human papilloma virus) infections that in some cases lead to cancer. HPV infection can cause cervical, vaginal and vulvar cancer in females and anal cancer, throat cancer and genital warts in males. The original Gardasil protected against four strains of hpv virus and the newer version protects against nine strains. It is not a mandated vaccination - it's purely optional (and even in the few states where it is 'required', you may opt out) so it's up to the parent to make the decision and if there's any doubt, you can certainly hold off and do more research and/or get advice from someone with personal experience. The vaccine is licensed for age 9 through 26 - and most insurance covers it through that age range. I'm sure you view most stories on the internet with scepticism but some do have merit. Make the decision that's best for you and your family.
Just curious as to whether you went ahead with vaccinating your daughter? My daughter had no underlying medical issues when she received it 6 years ago.She is now chronically ill has missed alot of school and has ongoing pain,migraine, Lyme disease, hair loss, menstrual problems and many more. There has been over 300 deaths registered to Gardasil. Recently an 18 yr old UK girl was diagnosed at 18 with cervical cancer having had the injections, I wish I could turn back the clock and read the information leaflet that was.not provided with the consent form.
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.
Really the same argument could be used with any drug, if your child had an infection would you refuse antibiotics? if you say yes you are taking a risk, in many ways vaccination is using much more natural defences against infection. Its good that you and your Gran are well but remember that there are many who are not because of this virus across the world cervical still kills around 275,000 across the world and if we include the other cancers caused by this virus its around 300,000. Good screening programs reduce the incidence by around half and while treatment is far better these are the recent figures. Cancer can also be a life changing experience or indeed a life ending one. There has been a concerted effort by the anti vax crowd to demonize this vaccine largely with lies and disinformation, in fact this vaccine is among the least likely to cause side effects.
Its sad that measles has returned to the US, the anti vax movement must be very proud, now serious neurological damage after a measles infection is far more likely.