If you have a teenage girl in your family, chances are strong that their doctor has talked about the HPV (human papillomavirus) vaccine called Gardasil. There have been countless ads by the pharmaceutical company who manufactures it, urging parents to take their young women in for the series of shots. Doctors everywhere recommend and even try to insist on giving this HPV vaccination in addition to the many others that most children receive.
It’s purported to be a “miracle” drug that will protect girls against cervical cancer.
In 2007, Texas Governor Rick Perry received public backlash after mandating the HPV vaccine (Gardasil) by executive order. He later rescinded his mandate. California passed a law in 2012 allowing 12-year-olds to receive the vaccine without parental knowledge or consent.
The US Centers for Disease Control (CDC), Food and Drug Administration (FDA), and Merck (the company who produces Gardasil) all claim the HPV vaccination is safe for children as young as nine.
How can they possibly know? Gardasil was fast-tracked through the system meant to safeguard our health and wellbeing. It was approved and rushed to market (like many pharmaceutical drugs with horrific side effects) despite questionable results in regards to safety.
No independent studies have been done to determine if the vaccine itself causes cancer or what the long-term effects might be on those vaccinated.
As should have been expected, a shocking number of girls have had adverse reactions to receiving the HPV vaccination.
What is HPV?
Human papillomavirus is a common virus that most women are exposed to at some point in their lives. According to the American Cancer Society, the virus types that cause infection to the cervix are found on the body’s mucous membranes and are a result of sexual intercourse.
There are over 30 strains of HPV that can cause genital infections. The HPV vaccine supposedly protects against four strains and only two of those are known to be cancer-causing.
Problems from the actual virus are rare.
In fact, Dr. Diane Harper, who was involved in phases II and III of the manufacture’s testing of the vaccine, reports there are normally no symptoms and 90% of infections are resolved by the body in as little as two years. Only half of the remaining infections have a rare chance of developing precancerous cells that could lead to cervical cancer.
While the majority of cervical cancers are caused by HPV, most women who have HPV do not develop cervical cancer. However, the pharmaceutical company who makes the HPV vaccine wants every girl and young woman to get another vaccination “just in case.”
Dr. Sherri Tenpenny, physician and advocate for vaccine safety, thinks she knows why. She’s stated there are other risk factors associated with the rare unresolved HPV infections that lead to a cervical cancer diagnosis. These factors could play a larger role in the development of cervical cancer than the virus itself.