Tuesday, March 17, 2009

Gardasil for my daughter? Uh, NO! (Semi-mature information)

My doctor gave me a flyer on Gardasil the vaccine, so i could consider it for my daughter. Whatdya nuts? For those of you who have been under a rock, Gardasil is a vaccine that is being sold as a preventative for cervical cancer, but is really a vaccine against the Human Papillomavirus (HPV). Do you know what HPV is? It's an STD!
So they want me to So, they want me to vaccinate my now 6 year old daughter when she turns 9 to protect her against a sexually transmitted disease?

Here are the facts, because no one should make an uniformed decision.

What Is Gardasil?
Gardasil® (Quadrivalent Human Papillomavirus [Types 6, 11, 16, and 18] Recombinant Vaccine) is a vaccine that has been licensed to prevent cervical cancer, genital warts, and various precancerous genital lesions caused by certain types of human papillomavirus (HPV).

The medication is approved for use in girls and women age 9 to 26.

Who Makes It?
Gardasil is manufactured by Merck & Co., Inc.

How Does Gardasil Work?
Gardasil is a vaccine that protects against certain types of HPV infections. It works by stimulating the immune system to produce antibodies to fight off the HPV virus. This virus can be sexually transmitted and can cause:

* Female genital warts
* Male genital warts
* Cervical cancer
* Various precancerous genital growths.

There are many different types of HPV virus, and Gardasil does not protect against all of them. However, it does protect against a few important HPV types (types 6, 11, 16, and 18). These four types were chosen because they cause about 70 percent of cervical cancers and 90 percent of genital warts.

Here are the SIDE EFFECTS:

(The Gardasil side effects discussed below are not a complete list of side effects reported with this drug. Your healthcare provider can discuss a more complete list of these side effects with you.)

Common Gardasil Side Effects
Gardasil has been studied thoroughly in clinical trials, with many people having been evaluated. In these studies, side effects are always documented and compared to side effects that occur in a similar group of people not taking the medicine. Based on these studies, the most common Gardasil side effects include:

* Pain in the area of the injection -- occurring in up to 83.9 percent of people
* Swelling in the area of the injection -- up to 25.4 percent
* Redness in the area of the injection -- up to 24.6 percent
* Fever -- up to 13 percent
* Nausea -- up to 6.7 percent
* Dizziness -- up to 4 percent
* Diarrhea -- up to 3.6 percent.

Other common side effects with Gardasil that were reported in more than 1 percent of women include, but are not limited to:

* Vomiting
* Cough
* Toothache
* General ill feeling
* Joint pain
* Trouble sleeping (insomnia)
* Stuffy nose.

There are several side effects of Gardasil that you should report immediately to your healthcare provider. These include, but are not limited to:

* Very high fever
* Signs of an allergic reaction, including difficulty breathing, wheezing, an unusual skin rash, itching, or hives.

Rare Gardasil Side Effects
There are other Gardasil side effects that can occur. These side effects happen in very few patients taking Gardasil. For these side effects, it is difficult to tell whether the side effect is because of Gardasil or something else.

Some of these rare Gardasil side effects include, but are not limited to:

* Headaches
* Gastroenteritis, which is an inflammation of the stomach and intestines, usually involving vomiting or diarrhea
* Appendicitis, which is an infection or inflammation of the appendix
* Pelvic inflammatory disease (PID), which is an infection or inflammation in the pelvic area that can lead to infertilty and other problems
* Asthma or bronchospasms (airway spasms).

Gardasil Side Effects: Summary
It is possible that you may experience some or none of these Gardasil side effects explained above. Unfortunately, there is no way for your healthcare provider to know beforehand if you will have side effects from a medicine that you have never tried. Therefore, make sure to let your healthcare provider know if you develop any side effects. Also, let your healthcare provider know if you develop something that "just does not seem right." While it may not be a Gardasil side effect, your healthcare provider will be able to diagnose and treat the problem.

This is where i got that information from

I got a better way to stop the spread of HPV. Stop sleeping around! The best prevention is education. We should have more abstinence and prevention programs. Then we would not need treatment programs! But you know what they say- It's more lucrative to treat the problem than to cure it!

And here are links that are anti-gardasil and their reasons. I stand with them.

Eternal Thoughts from a Sunshine Mind
Fox News
Pr Watch
ALETRIS Natural Wellness & Organic Beauty
Rhymes with Right

Who can say what will happen to our girls' reproductive systems in 30 years because of the tampering they are doing to them now?


Krystal said...

"Who can say what will happen to our girls' reproductive systems in 30 years because of the tampering they are doing to them now?"

You tell it, sister!

I don't like vaccines at all. Not even flu vaccines. They are packed with dangerous chemicals.


Great post.

The new layout is beautiful!

Greg said...

Actually, i am not so much opposed to the vaccine as to having it mandated by the government. Indeed, if I had a daughter in the age range for which the vaccine is recommended I would likely choose to have her vaccinated.

Mrs. Bridget G. said...

Krystal- I'm a layout addict. I love to change it up based on my mood.

Greg-mandating it much worse than just having it around.I don't want to be forced into anything, especially when it concerns my children. Everyone is responsible for their own children and make their own decisions.

Carrie said...

I TOTALLY agree with you!

Hmmm...let's see. Why teach our daughters about chastity, purity, let alone safe-sex practices, when we can just vaccinate them??

Urgh. It makes me a bit ill.