More Parents Are Saying 'No' to the HPV Vaccine & I'm One of Them

injectionThings That Make You Go Hmmm: According to a recent survey, more and more parents are concerned about the safety of the HPV vaccine and, as a result, do not intend to vaccinate their daughters; at the same time, more and more pediatricians are recommending immunization for the Human Papillomavirus a sexually-transmitted disease which can lead to cervical cancer. Hmmm. Why? Well, I can tell you why I'm not getting my adolescent daughter vaccinated -- and it has nothing to do with any ridiculous right-wing worries that she'll take it as a free pass to have unprotected teen sex.

Instead, my concerns -- and those of many other parents -- are strictly health-related. Not only are serious side effects associated with the HPV vaccine, experts have their doubts as to whether or not it even works!

Let's start with those adverse reactions, shall we? The results of one study showed that compared to every other vaccine, Gardasil alone is associated with over 60% of ALL serious side effects (including 63.8% of all deaths and 81.2% cases of permanent disability) in females under the age of 30. So, as study co-author Lucija Tomljenovicat, Ph.D. puts it, "Placed into context, while females in this age group have a near-zero risk of dying from cervical cancer, they are faced with a risk of dying and a permanently disabling condition from a vaccine that has not prevented a single case of cervical cancer to date."

Not a SINGLE case of cervical cancer? That's right. In fact, six years after the introduction of Gardisil, "it appears there are more reports of abnormal pap smears, cervical dysplasia and cervical cancer in the HPV vaccine targeted market." In fact, the American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology released a study in January 2012 of a "large cervical cancer screening trial" which found that "in a sub group of 12,852 young women, the HPV vaccine reduced HPV-16 infections by only O.6%. The study also reported that the increase rate of infections by carcinogenic HPV types in vaccinated women is four to ten times higher than the reduction in HPV infections."

Given all the information available, the real question isn't why more parents are refusing the HPV vaccine -- the real question is why are more doctors recommending the HPV vaccine?

Do you think the HPV vaccine is safe?


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nonmember avatar Shannon

I'm not getting my daughter vaccinated. The odds of getting cervical cancer are quite low AND we know how you get HPV. You don't get in just from being in the same room with a person (like chicken pox, polio, etc.) I just don't think it's worth the risk.

Vegeta Vegeta

Nope. Didn't get it when the doctor and my quack of an egg donor were shoving it down my throat when it first came out. Not getting it ever. The only shots I'm for are rabies and tetanus (both saved me a few times)

nonmember avatar Cass

Any time a website says "decoding science", it is guaranteed to have opinions tainting some portion of the truth. Here's a Forbes article explains why these kinds of statistics should not be taken at face value.

nurse... nursemama88

My OB/GYN told me not to get it. I get a pap yearly anyway due to family hx of cervical cancer. Yeah my dd will not get it either. This vaccine has always worried me.

knitt... knittykitty99

Your info seemed convoluted, so I clicked on your sources.  Um, I don't think those are reliable places to get scientific-based information.

nonmember avatar Jessica

I don't think this vaccine is safe. I had the series when I was 14 and after 4 years, I contracted HPV and went through two years of intensive paps and colposcopies. This is bullshit and shouldn't be given to anyone. I as a parent now will not be giving my child this, even if they paid me.

ilove... ilovemy4kiddies

Not a chance in hell would I give my girls this vaccine. 

LadyM... LadyMinni

Your statistics are skewed, but many in the medical community have been slamming this vaccine since day one. They have just been nearly silenced by big pharma. I got it when I was 12. Virginia mandates that all female students must get the HPV vaccine in middle school or they'll get kicked out. I'm glad I didn't end up with uncontrollable muscle spasms like so many of the victims.

And people wonder why I refuse to vaccinate. Ignore the American health papers people, read the European ones. I recommend the ones from England. Did you know that while the average American school requires student to have 20-34 vaccines to start (VA requires 26 doses, including HPV), England only requires 8? And they have fewer problems; both with the diseases themselves and with vaccine injury. Hmmmmm.... In Mississippi and West Virginia you can't exempt your child from the mandatory vaccines for religious or philosophical reasons. North Carolina mandates vaccination for home schooled students.

nonmember avatar historychick

Please stop spreading pseudoscientific nonsense. You cite from the website a quote that a post-doctoral PhD fellow stated as though she's a leading authority in the field. The role of HPV in cervical cancer is unequivocal as is the ability of appropriate vaccination to prevent HPV infection.

Your fear-mongering is potentially putting a great many girls (and boys, because boys should be vaccinated too) at risk of a serious disease.

More Information:

Incidences of diseases once under control like whooping cough are now epidemic due to parents who listen to anti-vaccine pseudoscience. Please stop putting children at risk.

bills... billsfan1104

I haven't heard any conservative parent say that it is a free pass to have sex. Many parents, conservative and liberal don't trust this vaccine, so I would appreciate that you stop making us out to be idiots, because we are not.

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