In a story that comes as no surprise, an editorial published in the New England Journal of Medicine today has outlined serious concerns about the vaccine. I listed Human papillomavirus as one of the Top 10 Global Epidemics of the Last 10 Years in June of this year for many of the same reasons.
The simple fact is that the overall effect of the vaccines on the cervical cancer they are supposed to treat is still unknown.
It costs about $400 to $1000 for the three necessary doses of the vaccine, and there is no proven length to the immunity, nor is there any information as to whether or not you’ll need any additional shots. If that’s not enough, it only protects against some of the viruses that cause cervical cancer.
There are also some pretty major side effects.
FDA records reveal that, since Gardasil’s approval, nearly 9,000 girls had “bad health events” after receiving their shots. These included 78 reported outbreaks of genital warts, 18 deaths and six cases of Guillain Barre Syndrome, which can result in paralysis. It is unknown whether there are unseen side effects, like decreasing the body’s ability to fight off other strains of the HPV virus.
So, is it really worth it? Really?
-via ABC News