Gardisil - has anyone heard about this!

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JL - posted on 10/08/2009

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I agree with Sara and as someone who gets the gardsil shot I was told about the side effects and risks. My doctors looked at my medical history to see if I had any underlying medical issues that were cause me to react negatively to the shot. I am thankful for the shot because I had HPV that has since cleared.



The painful surgical exams you have to have when you are HPV positive or have a history of cervical cancer in your family are not fun and they are required yearly. With the gardisal shot I don't have to have those painful surgical exams yearly. There are side effects and potential harm with every type of medication, vaccine, and surgery.



Medical treatements are not a guaranteed risk free thing and there will always be someone who is affected negatively but there were also be many who benefit from it. I think people, as with any medical treatment should first make sure they have no underlying conditions and that they ask their doctor about the risks and benefits and then make a informed decision for themselves. My daughter once she is in her late teens will most likely get this vaccine because I don't want her going through the fears I had of developing cervical cancer, but I will consult with her doctor first and make sure she has no underlying conditions that could cause an adverse affect.



Now I just wish they would come up with something for Lupus since that runs in my family.

Sara - posted on 10/07/2009

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I am sad for what happened to that girl, but I don't think it's a case not to get the shot. There are adverse reactions to any vaccine, that's the risk you take when having them. But, Gardasil has actually helped women who have HPV have normal pap smears afterward as well as helped young girls from developing it. All in all, it's a good thing, IMO.

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Tawny - posted on 10/08/2009

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I think that there are too many medicines and shots that have side effects. But Joy I agree I wish that they would come out with something for Lupus. I don't have it running in our family, but I have a friend who was diagnosed with lupus when she was 21 and now she is 32 and the poor thing has been through hell. She will never have a normal adulthood. Everytime the seasons change no one sees her for awhile. She is so sick and her weight fluctuates, she has almost every size clothing in her closet. And of course the Lupus hit the worse place her brain. So I agree they need to find something for Lupus and among other things.....

Dana - posted on 10/08/2009

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I do agree with you Joy, in the fact that it does help women who have HPV or women who are prone to cervical cancer. I take back my earlier statement for yanking it. I'm just glad I don't have a daughter and have to make the decision right now. I'd still like to see what goes on as with any new vaccine.

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I agree with Sara. Just because an adverse event happens around the same time as the shot, does not mean it is a result of the shot. I actually read recently about the post-licensure study of Gardasil - and based on the data from VAERS, the only adverse reactions that could be associated causally with the shot were redness at the injection site and fainting.

Sara - posted on 10/08/2009

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If you look into it further, most of the deaths that have occured in "association" with the shot are from things that the patient already had a history of (blood clots, seizures, etc). I don't think anyone can suggest that it will cause an adverse reaction resulting from death in a perfectly healthy and normal person...there's just not enough proof to make that association IMO.

Dana - posted on 10/08/2009

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There is no way I would get this for my daughter, if I had one. I think it should be yanked and looked into further and fixed, not just because of the deaths but, because of the side effects also. There is no reason we have to just continue on with this vaccine without trying to fix it. I admit it would be a wonderful vaccine and I was quite excited when it came out. Now I'm thinking a little different on the whole matter over the past few months.

Charlie - posted on 10/07/2009

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I am sorry this has happened to her but i have to agree with Sara , a small handful of people will always have a reaction to vaccines but that number is outweighed by far by the many , many people it saves .
As a person who has had the gardisil shots and who's family has a long history of cancer ( my mum and dad diagnosed at the same time , dad just finished chemo) i am thankful for this vaccine , and yes my friend had HPV and after her shots its gone !
IMO they do more good than bad .

Jeannette - posted on 10/07/2009

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I have been afraid to get either of my girls vaccinated with this. I went out with friends one night last year and all 3 of them were in complete shock that I hadn't yet gotten my daughters the shots. I said, I wanna see what happens to your daughters first. Well, none of their daughters were elligible apparently, but they would've gotten them the shots if they could have. I do encourage them to get paps though, and will continue to do so.
I'm sorry, I don't jump at the opportunity to get a vaccine before I know how it will play out. I'm glad there are other moms out there willing to take the risks, because I need a lot of data about its effects before I get one for my daughters.

Tawny - posted on 10/07/2009

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Watch the link and see what this gardasil has done to some young women out there!!

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