Big News About HPV Vaccine Will Make Doubting Parents Think Twice

teen getting a vaccineParents have long debated the pros and cons of the human papillomavirus vaccine (HPV), which can help prevent cervical cancer and many sexually transmitted diseases. While pediatricians are urging parents to get their children vaccinated, many have cited the vaccine's risky side effects as reasons to refuse the shot. But now parents on the No Way! side of this debate may reconsider vaccinating their kids.

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The HPV vaccine is even more efficient than before, finds a global study of more than 14,200 young women ages 16 to 24. There were two key findings that parents should know.

Eye-Opening Finding #1: A shot of Gardisil 9 protects against infections caused by HPV-16 and HPV-18. There are hundreds of different types of HPV, but these are most harmful and likely to cause cervical cancer.

Eye-Opening Finding #2: The vaccine also protects against most all HPV-related cancers (the penis, anus, and vagina aren't immune) and the lower-risk kinds that cause genital warts.

Change your mind yet? Well, like anything pharma, Gardisil is still has some major downsides.

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The young volunteers said they experienced "severe" pain, swelling, and skin problems at the injection site after receiving the vaccine, which has long been one of the biggest complaints of the vaccine. Worth the trade-off? You'll have to decide for yourself.

Pediatricians will have the vaccine later this month, so you at least have time to reconsider your stance and talk to your kid's doctor about next steps.

Does this study change your mind about the HPV vaccine?

 

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