What Came First? The Chicken or the Gardasil?
A lot of crap has been thrown around about the new HPV vaccine named Gardasil. As a concerned teenage girl I felt the need to separate the myths and truths behind the new immunization. So let’s take a look at HPV and Gardasil.
“Genital human papillomavirus (HPV) is the most common sexually transmitted infection (STI). The virus infects the skin and mucous membranes. There are more than 40 HPV types that can infect the genital areas of men and women, including the skin of the penis, vulva (area outside the vagina), and anus, and the linings of the vagina, cervix, and rectum.”
Here’s the description of the vaccine from the Merck website:
“GARDASIL the only cervical cancer vaccine that helps protect against 4 types of human papillomavirus (HPV): 2 types that cause 70% of cervical cancer cases, and 2 more types that cause 90% of genital warts cases. GARDASIL is for girls and young women ages 9 to 26.”
So now we know a little bit about both HPV and the vaccine, let’s look at some of the silliness concerning this inoculation.
My favorite quote is “Parents of girls in many states lobbied against a mandate for this vaccine because of the implication of sexual promiscuity.” Yeah, we need cancer to scare us into remaining responsible. Unwanted pregnancies and other STDs just aren’t enough!
There are also other claims of disastrous side effects that include paralysis, and even death. (As if we needed more fear about vaccines.)
First of all when sixteen million doses of a new vaccine are given out, stuff is bound to happen. When you have this many people doing anything, some folks are going to coincidentally have bad stuff happen and think it was caused by the vaccine. Bad stuff happens. (As Dr. Tyson says, “The universe is trying to kill us.”) It is just a matter of probability people!
Researchers at Center for Disease Control (CDC) are currently looking into potential side effects but say that these side effects are minor and do not even require a warning label. A recent report on July 22, confirmed their position that the vaccine is safe and effective.
I just recently got shot up with my third and final helping of the egg-based substance. I don’t know about anyone else but it did not make me any hornier nor did it kill me, or paralyze me. I did get a sore arm though.
But it’s all good! I got a Bugs Bunny band-aid.
I talked to my doctor about the concerns and anxieties that some people have about the vaccine. He said that right now there is really nothing to worry about. He did say that if I had a history of blood clots in my family or a compromised immune system and was very young, then he would tell me to wait until further research was completed to assess the blood clot claims that have been made. When I mentioned concerns about “sexual promiscuity” among the teens who received the vaccine, he told me that this idea was ridiculous. He also said that medicine is never absolute. His final words to me were “never say ‘never’ and never say ‘always.’” Good skeptical advice. Yea, my doctor is cool.
For all of you teens out there, talk to your parents and doctor about your medical history and then please get vaccinated. Parents! Get your girls vaccinated, HPV is no joke.