Gardasil: No Serious Health Concerns Linked with HPV Vaccine

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Merck’s HPV vaccine, Gardasil, was found to be safe in a large safety study required by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA).

The vaccine did cause fainting on the day of the shot and skin infections two weeks later in some women — known short-term side effects of the vaccine. It was not associated with serious health effects.

Gardasil protects against four strains of the sexually transmitted HPV, or human papillomavirus, two of which are the leading cause of cervical cancer in women. HPV is also linked with genital warts, vaginal cancer and, in men, oral cancers. Most HPV infections, with lower-risk strains, will usually clear on their own within two years, however.

Merck’s vaccine was first approved by the FDA in 2006 for girls and women ages 9 to 26, and is now approved also for boys and men. Federal vaccine guidelines recommend the three-dose for boys and girls before they become sexually active, around age 11 or 12. Follow-up studies such as this one are the norm to highlight any potentially overlooked side effects of widely-used drugs or vaccines.

(MORE: Government Panel Recommends HPV Vaccine for Boys)

The new study, published in the journal Archives of Pediatrics & Adolescent Medicine, researchers looked at the medical records of 189,629 girls and women ages 9 to 26 within the Northern and Southern California Kaiser Permanente health care systems. All the women received at least one dose of Gardasil between August 2006 and March 2008. By the end of the study period, 44,000 participants had received the recommended three doses of the vaccine.

The researchers examined the rate of emergency department visits and hospitalizations for women in the two weeks following their vaccination and again a couple months later. Aside from some episodes of fainting and skin infections, the authors found no other safety concerns. There were some reports of seizures and allergic reactions, but a five-member safety committee of medical experts with no ties to the Kaiser study team or Merck and Co., which funded the study, concluded that these reactions were not related to the vaccine.

(MORE: HPV Linked to More Oral Cancer Than Smoking)

The authors noted that some skin infections could simply be swelling at the injection site, a possible short-term reaction that is included in the vaccine’s safety information. Further, fainting is a somewhat common side effect of vaccines in general, not just the HPV vaccine, the authors said. “We think this is a very reassuring study,” says study author Dr. Nicola Klein of the Kaiser Permanente Vaccine Study Center in Oakland, Calif. “We looked at many women and girls and found no safety concerns.”

The CDC also recommends the HPV vaccine for girls and women through age 26 and boys and men through age 21, if they did not receive all three doses of the vaccine when they were younger.

MORE: With the HPV Vaccine, Two Doses May Be Just as Good as Three

10 comments
Anne Dachel
Anne Dachel

If anyone is

interested in TRULY INDEPENDENT RESEARCH on vaccines and their side effects they

only have to look at the website for the new film, “The Greater Good,” (See

trailer: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v... which explores the question of vaccine

safety from both sides. There are over 200 studies that raise serious concerns

about vaccine side effects.

Here you will see

real-life stories about the harmful side effects of the HPV

vaccine.

http://www.greatergoodmovie.or...

Anne Dachel,

Media editor: Age of Autism http://www.ageofautism.com/

Parents need to look beyond

industry-funded studies. See the National Vaccine Information Center: for more

information.

http://www.nvic.org/.

Anne Dachel,

Media editor: Age of Autism http://www.ageofautism.com/

Hoosier_DC
Hoosier_DC

Once again, the quality of your questions determine the quality of your life. The researchers asked, "Does this vaccine cause more people to go to the hospital." And the answer they found was "no". So they conclude that the vaccine must be safe and now recommend it for boys based on the fact that the vaccine doesn't cause more hospital visits. That's very convenient if you make a living manufacturing, distributing or selling Gardisil. However, if you ask "does this vaccine create more healthy people, measured by lower levels of chronic illness, better quality of life and vitality, with better health outcomes" I believe you'd have a different article. The reality is that mothers report to the ER with their daughters who are permanently damaged because they were led to believe that this vaccine is safe and effective. The ER doctor fails to document a correlation with Gardisil because he was told of its safety and efficacy (by the pharmaceutical sales rep). Now when the researchers go to analyze the data, they see no evidence of increased hospital visits associated with Gardisil. And then we have articles written to convince the public to continue business as usual as if the rates of virtual all chronic illnesses were not skyrocketing to astronomical levels. Is Gardisil to blame? Wrong question. Is Gardisil apart of the problem? Absolutely

Phil
Phil

Then what is your solution to the problem? Get rid of all vaccines? Nothing is ideal. Just because the incidence of chronic disease is increasing according to you (source?) does not mean that vaccines are a part of the problem. As a medical professional, I understand that pharm reps will try to sell you their products. However, are you naive enough to think that physicians do not have the intelligence to determine whether they believe a vaccine is safe and effective? Scientific studies and empirical evidence can back up their claims but what is the evidence that you can provide that shows that vaccines are a poor option compared to other forms of prevention?

Hoosier_DC
Hoosier_DC

As a PRACTICING doc with some of my best friends as pharm reps, I know without a doubt that docs will prescribe based on what the sales rep suggests without doing the research (mostly funded by industry anyway. google it). When they go into the docs office they often brag that the docs will be giving out the samples to the next patients coming into the office. The solution is to desperate the medical ties to industry and give people a choice. If vaccines are as safe as you claim, why do you think they have a seperate court for the vaccine injured? There is no other industry with a seperate court for all the injuries/deaths which happen as a result of the service. And the worst part, I'd the parents receive compensation for their brain damaged child, one of the stipulations to payment is they cannot discuss the settlement with other people and they cannot speak out against the pharmaceutical company.

Anne Dachel
Anne Dachel

For

far too long we've allowed the agency (the Centers for Disease Control and

Prevention) that approves, recommends, and vigorously promotes vaccines to also

be in charge of vaccine safety. The CDC is also the place where hundreds of

individuals have conflict waivers because of their direct financial ties to the

vaccine makers. The last head of the CDC, Dr. Julie Gerberding is now the head

of the vaccine division at Merck.

This

is the question CBS News asked in 2008, “How Independent Are Vaccine Defenders?”

http://www.cbsnews.com/2100-50...

Anne Dachel, Media editor: Age of Autism http://www.ageofautism.com/

Anne Dachel
Anne Dachel

It’s

highly unlikely that anyone will be convinced about the safety of the HPV

vaccine because of a study THAT WAS FUNDED BY THE VACCINE MAKER.  The fact

that Merck was able to find doctors with impressive credentials to back their

research findings should raise even more concern.

 

Sept

21, 2012 The LA Times ran this story: “Doctors found to lack trust in drug

company studies .”

http://www.latimes.com/health/...

Doctors are less likely to trust research studies performed

with funding from corporate interests such as pharmaceutical companies,

according to a new study.

The report, published this week in the New

England Journal of Medicine, reveals a long-suspected bias against

such research among physicians. It also demonstrates the price companies have

paid for public violations of trust, including examples of data manipulation

and misrepresentation of study results.

If DOCTORS DON’T TRUST THESE STUDIES, why should parents?

Anne Dachel, Media editor: Age of Autism http://www.ageofautism.com/

Anne Dachel
Anne Dachel

 

It’s

highly unlikely that anyone will be convinced about the safety of the HPV

vaccine because of a study THAT WAS FUNDED BY THE VACCINE MAKER.  The fact

that Merck was able to find doctors with impressive credentials to back their

research findings should raise even more concern.

 

Sept

21, 2012 The LA Times ran this story: “Doctors found to lack trust in drug

company studies .”

http://www.latimes.com/health/...

Doctors are less likely to trust research studies performed

with funding from corporate interests such as pharmaceutical companies,

according to a new study.

The report, published this week in the New

England Journal of Medicine, reveals a long-suspected bias against

such research among physicians. It also demonstrates the price companies have

paid for public violations of trust, including examples of data manipulation

and misrepresentation of study results.

If DOCTORS DON’T TRUST THESE STUDIES, why should parents?

Anne Dachel, Media editor: Age of Autism http://www.ageofautism.com/

Anne Dachel
Anne Dachel

For

far too long we've allowed the agency (the Centers for Disease Control and

Prevention) that approves, recommends, and vigorously promotes vaccines to also

be in charge of vaccine safety. The CDC is also the place where hundreds of

individuals have conflict waivers because of their direct financial ties to the

vaccine makers. The last head of the CDC, Dr. Julie Gerberding is now the head

of the vaccine division at Merck.

This

is the question CBS News asked in 2008, “How Independent Are Vaccine Defenders?”

http://www.cbsnews.com/2100-50...

Anne Dachel, Media editor: Age of Autism http://www.ageofautism.com/

Anne Dachel
Anne Dachel

If

anyone is interested in TRULY INDEPENDENT RESEARCH on vaccines and their side

effects they only have to look at the website for the new film, “The Greater

Good,” (See trailer: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v... which

explores the question of vaccine safety from both sides. There are over 200

studies that raise serious concerns about vaccine side effects.

Here

you will see real-life stories about the harmful side effects of the HPV

vaccine.

http://www.greatergoodmovie.or...

Anne Dachel, Media editor: Age of Autism http://www.ageofautism.com/

Anne Dachel
Anne Dachel

While we’re told that experts at Johns Hopkins and the Mayo

Clinic concurred on the research, lots of people at both places have endless pharma

ties.  Mayo Clinic's Dr. Gregory Poland

works for Merck. 

Parents

need to look beyond industry-funded studies.  See the National Vaccine

Information Center:

for more information.

http://www.nvic.org/.

Anne Dachel, Media editor: Age of Autism http://www.ageofautism.com/