The human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine is given to teenage girls to prevent a number of diseases, including cervical cancer. According the CDC, from June 2006 to March 2016 nearly 90 million doses of the vaccine were administered across the US.
Over the years, several pieces of legislation have been proposed in New York to make the HPV mandatory for teenage girls. There is legislation that would make the HPV vaccine mandatory that is currently in committee in the New York State Senate.
But is it safe? What are the risks of receiving the HPV vaccine?
Does the HPV vaccine cause injuries?
There are three HPV vaccines currently recommended by the CDC: Gardasil, Gardasil 9 and Cervarix. Gardasil is the most commonly used vaccine. Over a two-year period over 79 million doses of Gardasil were distributed. Of those vaccines, there were reports of 33,945 adverse events as a result of the vaccine. This is a small percentage, but it does show that adverse side effects do occur in rare cases.
With any vaccine, there is a risk of an injury. With HPV vaccine, there have been a number of concerns over the years about the risks. In early 2016, the American College of Pediatricians issued a press release to raise awareness of a possible connection between the HPV vaccine and premature ovarian failure (POF). Additionally, some other conditions and injuries have been reported as a result of HPV vaccine, which can range from soreness and fainting to nerve damage and even death.
Make an informed decision
You can write to your senator to express your concerns if you feel that the HPV vaccine should not be mandatory. If you are considering this vaccine for your child, it is important that you make an informed decision about the risks of receiving or not receiving the vaccine. Weigh the pros and cons with your doctor and make a decision that is best for your child.
If your child received an HPV vaccine and is experiencing lasting side effects and symptoms, you can take action. There are steps you can take to bring a claim for compensation and seek justice after a serious injury from any vaccine, including the HPV vaccine.