The long-term effects of using this vaccine on young girls is unknown, and in the short-term, many girls have already begun to suffer. Common side effects include:
- Pain, swelling, itching and redness at the injection site
Severe allergic reactions, including difficulty breathing, have also been reported, as has:
- Swollen glands
- Guillain-Barre syndrome
- Joint pain
- Aching muscles
- Unusual tiredness and weekness
As of last October, 3,461 complaints about Gardasil had been filed with the FDA’s Vaccine Adverse Event Report System, and eleven women died after receiving the vaccine.
Meanwhile, aside from being injected with four types of HPV proteins, girls and women who receive this vaccine should know what else is in the shot:
- Aluminum adjuvants, which have been linked to neurological damage including multiple sclerosis, Alzheimer’s disease, and Parkinson’s disease.
- Polysorbate 80, which has been linked to infertility in mice.
- Sodium borate, a main ingredient in roach killer.
Be “One Less” To Get Gardasil
I think this would be a more appropriate message to send out to young women. There is absolutely no reason to risk the serious side effects of this vaccine to prevent an infection that goes away on its own 90 percent of the time. And there’s no guarantee that you’ll be protected anyway, since you can still get HPV once you’ve had the vaccine. It’s really a no-win situation for those who receive it.
Of course, you can radically reduce your risk of getting HPV in the first place if you follow safe-sex practices, or wait to have sex until you’re in a committed relationship. Then, keep your immune system healthy, and it will be more than able to handle any HPV that comes its way.