Tuesday, October 28, 2008

Is Gardasil Safe?

Fretting about whether to get your daughter vaccinated against cervical cancer? Or perhaps about getting the Gardasil shots yourself? The federal government has new information that officials say should help calm fears about the safety of the shots.

The analysis of data collected from about 190,000 women and girls who got at least one Gardasil shot found no evidence that the vaccine increased the risk for any serious complications, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

-- Rob Stein

Melissa wrote:

Concerns about vaccinating with Gardasil because it protects against a sexually transmitted infection are ridiculous.

We vaccinate infants and older against hep B, a virus that can be spread through sexual contact, and I hear nary a peep about that.

Do critics really think that genital warts and/or an incompetent cervix (infertility) and/or cancer is an appropriate punishment for poor sexual behavior?

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