After much scrutiny and bad press, the Gardasil HPV vaccine has officially been deemed non-life threatening in long- or short-term health scenarios. Soreness and light-headedness are the only side effects found from the vaccine, according to recent clinical trials, data study, and post-licensure studies.
The vaccine has received negative attention, due to media coverage and misinformation, since many critics believed that it caused autoimmune disorders, blood clots, strokes, and nervous system disorders.
Gardisal is a vaccination that protects women from two strains of HPV that are highly responsible for cervical, vaginal, vulvar, and anal cancers. Around 80% of sexually active individuals come into contact with one of the 100 strains of HPV. Most infections go away on their own, however, some strains develop into precancerous cervical lesions and can lead to cancer.
Dr. Stanley Block, a pediatrician in Kentucky, says, “No woman in the United States should die of cervical cancer in this day and age. If we can get everyone who needs to be, vaccinated, we can dramatically reduce the number of women who die of this preventable cancer.”
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