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Does the Gardasil Vaccine Come With Crippling Side Effects?

Article source:Station editor Update time:2018-06-04 09:16:34   Browsing times:second

Thinking about getting vaccinated for human papillomavirus, popularly called HPV? Spend a little time on alternative health web sites, and you’d be hard pressed to consider the risks worth it. There you’d find accounts of young girls complaining of shooting, full-body pain and convulsions —  or even paralysis.

It was symptoms like these, related to autoimmune disorders alleged to have been triggered by HPV vaccination (meant to protect against the strains of HPV most likely to cause cervical cancer), that led the Japanese health ministry to remove the vaccines from their country’s list of officially recommended immunizations in 2013 — just months after it was added. Rates of vaccination rates for HPV, which had been on the rise, dropped from 70 percent to less than one percent in some Japanese cities.
The Japanese health ministry based their decision, in a large part, on the fact that 106 women (out of a pool of 8.9 million vaccine recipients) reported joint and other bodily pain, convulsions, or difficulty walking — all potential symptoms of autoimmune disorders. Anti-vaccine movements around the world have used similar data on debilitating autoimmune disorders post-vaccination to sow fear of vaccines. The million dollar question for the HPV vaccine, then, is whether similar numbers of people would exhibit these disturbing symptoms regardless of whether they were exposed to the vaccine?
What happened in Japan was not exactly a surprise for researchers who study vaccine safety. Because autoimmune disorders are common in women, and begin to manifest around the age that women receive the HPV vaccine, the potential to use autoimmune disorder data to try to discredit the vaccine was high — regardless of whether the vaccine did indeed increase the risk.