Umatilla Health Department Is Offering Expanded Access To HPV Vaccine

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HPV Vaccine

The Umatilla County health department is now offering expanded access to the new cancer-preventing human papillomas virus vaccine, thanks to a one-time-only supplement of federal dollars, known as "Section 317" funds.

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"We are very pleased to be able to make this offer to girls who would not otherwise be able to get this new vaccine," said Genni Lehnert administrator of Umatilla County health department. "It offers life-saving protection in the fight against cervical cancer."

While the vaccine has been available for many privately insured families, as well as for those eligible for the federal Vaccines for Children program, some poorly-insured people were left without access. For a limited time, girls from age 9 through 12 can obtain the vaccine at no cost if they:

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Unfortunately the FDA erred in it's rush to approve this vaccine. Since it's approval in 2006, Merck and Co, (the makers) had indicated from their clinical trials that Gardasil was between 90 and 100 % effective in preventing the transmission of some strains of the Human Papillomavirus (HPV) that cause cervical cancer. The side effects were not thoroughly studied. The CDC even recommended that all young girls between the ages of 11 and 12 receive the Gardasil vaccine. Because of this, 20 states pushed for federal mandates to make Gardasil mandatory for even sixth grade girls. This allowed Merck & Co. in it's first year of marketing the vaccine to net approximately 1.4 billion dollars. (Hmm, Makes you wonder). The side effects of this vaccine were linked to blood clots, miscarriages and in some cases death. There has been 3 reported deaths in the U.S. and at least 2 in Europe after taking this vaccine. Before you allow your daughters to receive this vaccine, I would recommend that you weigh the consequences and read up on all the reports that you can.