Complaints Cause Gardasil Cervical Cancer Vaccine Scrutiny
Cervical cancer vaccine Gardasil is not as safe as we thought.
I woke up this morning to CNN American Morning and the breaking news that the Gardasil HPV vaccine has been implicated in deaths and various illnesses across the country.
According to the CDC, the vaccine has been the subject of almost 8,000 complaints, ranging from nausea to paralysis to death. Drug maker Merck says they have administered about 16 million vaccines in the United States.
The verdict is still out on this one - vaccines are often blamed for coincidental effects and the CDC has yet to finish an investigation into the complaints of illness, but has ruled out the vaccine as a cause of death in ten cases. I regularly and publicly advocate that any young woman get the vaccine and I myself have gotten two of the three doses - so I find this particularly disturbing.
The vaccine seems like such a miracle in the world of reproductive health - and perhaps it is. Discuss the risks and benefits with your doctor before getting the vaccine. I hate to say it, but it looks like we have to wait and see on this one.