You may have heard the news about a teen who died shortly after receiving the HPV vaccine due to Acute Disseminated Encephalomyelitis (ADEM) — a side effect of the drug.
Many anti-vaxxers, including people in support of vaccinations, have decided not to give this particular drug to their children as a result.
Recently, Snoops refuted the claim that the HPV vaccine caused the deaths of 32 women.
Between 2006 and 2013 more than 57 million doses of the HPV vaccine were given out across the country with 22,000 adverse effects reported (most of these were non-fatal and resolved in a matter of days.)
Pediatricians urge parents of preteens to vaccinate their children against HPV aka the human papillomavirus, a sexually transmitted disease that causes more than 13,000 reported cases of cancer in adult men and cervical cancer in women.
The suggested age for vaccination is as young as 11 years.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, HPV is one of the most common STDs with 8 out of 10 women and men being infected. The disease most likely will and can resolve, but in cases where an immune system is compromised, the end result can be various forms of cancer such as cervical in women and throat in men.
The vaccine itself lasts up to 10 years, and in 2018, in October 2018, the CDC reported that the vaccine can be administered to adults up to the age of 45 with some benefit.
Hopefully, this means Youtube will stop guilting me about not allowing my pediatrician to start my son on a three-part series of Gardasil vaccine.
Gardasil is given to humans as young as 9 years old, and up until October 2018, a person could only receive it until the age of 21; the age limit has now been extended to 45 years.
The pitch is that I would be stopping my child from getting cancer as an adult, but the truth is that the type of cancer that Gardasil prevents children from getting is sexual in nature and right now he is not active in that way.
I’m not an anti-vaxxer, and I didn’t make this decision because I don’t see the value in protecting my son in the future. I’m also not so ignorant to think that he will not participate in the act of sex with another human being at some time in his teenage years, although I teach my children to practice abstinence until the time of marriage.
Let’s be real, he may or may not follow my suggestions. Yet, 9 years of age seems way too young to administer Gardasil when it can be given safely at 15 and up to 21.
With all the concerns surrounding the vaccine, I’m just not sure the potential benefit is worth the risk. Everyone is different and to some, the risks may be minor. Just be sure to check with a doctor before taking the plunge.