HPV Vaccine…works to prevent cancer, not STD’s

https://www.expressnews.com/opinion/commentary/article/HPV-vaccine-is-to-prevent-cancer-not-STDs-14403103.php

A very important message about the need to take the HPV vaccine…it protects our kids in a very important way.

What if you could take a medicine that prevents cancer? Most of us already have. In 1982, the Federal Drug Administration approved the first medicine to prevent cancer, the hepatitis B vaccine.

Many people don’t realize that viruses can lead to cancer. Or that vaccines are a medicine that must be taken before being exposed to such a virus. Because children are vaccinated, rates of liver cancer have dropped fourfold in the United States.

In 2006, the FDA approved a second medicine to prevent cancer, the human papillomavirus vaccine. HPV infects almost 15 million Americans every year, many more than hepatitis B. Most of us will be infected with this virus at some point in our lives, and this year HPV will lead to cancer in more than 33,000 Americans. The best way to prevent this is to vaccinate our kids against HPV— so they don’t get cancer.

HPV is responsible for several cancers, most notably cervical cancer. Cervical cancer is one of the most common cancers in the world and the leading cause of cancer-related deaths in most countries. But there is hope. Twelve years ago, Australia and Scotland implemented national programs to provide the HPV vaccine at school for free, and now 80 percent of teenagers in these countries are fully vaccinated against HPV. According to a study published last year in The Lancet Public Health, Australia may very well eliminate cervical cancer from their country within my lifetime.

This month, the Texas Tribune compared Australia’s achievement with that of another high-income country, the United States. Less than 50 percent of teenagers in the U.S. are fully vaccinated against HPV, and Texas ranks near the bottom at 40 percent. Our vaccination rates are half of Australia and Scotland. If it takes them 10 years to eliminate cancer, it will take us 20. There is no excuse for placing our children at risk for cancer, and we need to do something about it now.

So, what can we do? First, as health care providers, we need to take responsibility for how we present the HPV vaccine to our patients. We’ve become complacent and afraid of the conversation, making it out to be bigger than it is. We don’t do this with other vaccines. The information about HPV and its link to cancer is clear. The vaccine is safe and saves lives. If medical professionals aren’t confident about recommending it, our patients won’t be confident about taking it.

Second, our legislators need to take responsibility for being educated on this topic. There is a lot of confusion and misinformation about the HPV vaccine. The vaccine exists to prevent cancer, not STDs. It’s given during early adolescence because the immune system is ramping up, and that’s the best age to provide the most protection.

Lost in political limbo, the HPV vaccine continues to be a platform by which legislators create division. The reality is that more than 97 percent of people will be sexually active during their lifetime, so the risk of HPV is universal. Therefore, regardless of age, gender or political party, the risk of cancer is universal.

The vaccine is very safe. When politicians argue for more research into the safety of the HPV vaccine, they are behind the times. The research has been done and it continues to show this vaccine to be safe.

Lastly, Texas can do better. Our vaccination rates against HPV are among the worst in the country. To fix this, we must make the vaccine more accessible. At a minimum, this means mandating coverage by all insurance companies and providing programs for uninsured patients. Some states have launched campaigns to provide public funding for HPV vaccine education and administration. Others have adopted mandatory vaccination for school entry with specific “opt out” criteria. Perhaps we should take the lead from Australia and Scotland, and provide vaccines at school. We know that when vaccines are easily available, they are taken.

It’s been nearly 15 years since the HPV vaccine was approved. Other countries are eliminating cancer by vaccinating their kids. Why aren’t we?

Dr. Dina Tom is a pediatric hospitalist with University Health System and an assistant professor with UT Health San Antonio. Born and raised in Boerne, she and her husband have two fully vaccinated school-age children.

The HPV Shot and our Children’s Safety

No vaccine has generated such controversy and fear as the human papillomavirus (HPV) shot with the brand name of Gardasil.

 

Alternative health sites of full of horror studies that would make the most ardent vaccine supporter blanche.

My kids received their HPV (Gardasil) shots because…wait for it…the science and the numbers clearly demonstrate that it works to reduce cervical cancer deaths.  A preventative measure is available to our children, shouldn’t we take advantage of ways to keep them safe?

 

Autoimmune disorders rear their ugly heads in girls, quite often in their teenage years.  Coincidence alone dictates that some will come down with some disorder such as rheumatoid arthritis of SLE, systemic lupus.

Can the HPV Gardasil shot cause reactions? Absolutely, but they are rare. The fact that a National Vaccine Injury Compensation Program exists is proof that vaccine injuries do occur.

Get your children vaccinated with the Gardasil HPV shot.  They will thank you later.

 

If Heaven forbid a reaction occurs, the vaccine injury attorneys at Gold Law Firm, LLC. are here to assist.

Listen to the science.

 

Gold Law Firm, LLC, the National Vaccine Injury Law Firm Files Gardasil (HPV) Vaccine Petition

National Vaccine Injury Law Firm files Gardasil (HPV) Injury Petition under the National Vaccine Injury Compensation Program. Many are now aware of Compensation Program and the deadlines that must be met in order to qualify.

Gold law Firm, LLC attorney Howard S Gold recently filed a Gardasil (HPV) vaccine petition on behalf of a now 21-year old Massachusetts woman, who has a chronic, autoimmune disorder. The case, filed in the Court of Federal Claims (AKA Vaccine Court)  in Washington, D.C., seeks recovery under the National Vaccine Injury Compensation Program.

“This case is a tragic example of the increasing number of injuries and adverse reactions we are seeing nationwide in young woman who have received the Gardasil vaccine,” says Howard Gold, a leading Vaccine Injury attorney who handles cases from across the United States.

First approved in 2006, Gardasil is designed to protect young women and girls from several of the human papillomavirus (HPV) strains likely to cause genital warts and cervical cancer – the second most common cancer among women.

In this most recent case, 09-vv-00898 ++++ v. SECRETARY OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES, the Petitioner, who at the time was 17-years old, received the second in the series of the Gardasil vaccinations and began to experience progressive fatigue and weakness in her body. This was followed soon after with numbness and tingling in her extremities. She has now been diagnosed with Lupus and Connective Tissue Disorder. Since its introduction there have been more than twenty-thousand (20,000) reactions from the Gardasil Vaccine reported to the Vaccine Adverse Events Reporting System (VAERS) set up under the Vaccine Injury Program. See, http://www.vaers.hhs.gov “I strongly believe that children and adults alike should be receiving all of their mandatory vaccinations. However in the case of optional vaccines, especially ones that are new to market, it’s important to talk to your health care practitioner about the risks,” states Gold, who has been handling Vaccine cases for 12 years.

Petitioners have three (3) years from the onset of the injury (or two years from date of death) to file a claim. Gold states that the “Program is not used as much as it could be because the American public is just not aware of it. I receive at least 5 calls a month from individuals who cannot obtain compensation because the deadline has passed. They just found out about it too late. We all need to do a better job in getting the word out to the public that the Program exists.”

For more information on vaccine injury claims, contact us at 781-239-1000 or info@goldlawfirm.net or visit http://www.goldlawfirm.net.