The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) said there are approximately 11,000 new cases of cervical cancer each year in this country. They estimate that 4,000 women die annually from the disease.
Human papillomavirus, or HPV, is the main cause of this type of cancer. It is spread during sexual activity and can go undetected for years until tests or symptoms reveal the presence of the cancer.
The FDA has licensed the use of two vaccines, Cervarix and Gardasil, to protect boys and girls from the disease. Three doses administered at 11 or 12 years of age are recommended. While the vaccine is not on the immunization schedule for boys, vaccination is strongly encouraged for girls.
A wise recommendation, until you consider recent statistics. The CDC reports that as of June 22, 2011, there have been 68 deaths reported to VAERS, the Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System, among children who died after receiving the Gardasil vaccine. Of the 35 million doses administered in the U.S., VAERS has received 18,727 reports of adverse reactions.
What they don't tell you is that hundreds of healthy young girls are left with debilitating illnesses after receiving the vaccine. Chronic migraines, neurological disorders, stroke, syncope, seizures, the list goes on.
On Truthaboutgardasil.org heart-wrenching accounts of parents who've lost their daughters following vaccination are sobering. And yet, the CDC continues to maintain the importance of the vaccine. The fact of the matter is that we will not know the effect these vaccines have on decreasing the incidence of cervical cancer for the next 20 years.
And while we wait, we may be doing more harm than good.
Will you have your son or daughter vaccinated for HPV? Why or why not?