Researchers reevaluate HPV vaccines
No matter what you've heard, the correct number of HPV vaccinations needed by any girl -- or boy, for that matter -- is ZERO.
These are far and away potentially some of the most dangerous vaccines ever concocted -- and one of them, Gardasil, has been linked to killing and crippling little girls since it first came to market.
Now, a new study on the "other" HPV vaccine -- Cervarix -- has found that two shots are every bit as effective as the usual three--shot sequence. A more accurate statement is that they're every bit as ineffective.
The researchers used data on 7,466 women who were given either Cervarix or a Hepatitis A vaccine. While the women given Cervarix were supposed to get the full three-shot sequence, 20 percent of them got only one or two.
(Maybe they backed out because they started experiencing the drug's known side effects, such as pain, fatigue, dizziness, nausea, vomiting and diarrhea and bolted.)
Whatever the reason, they skipped the rest of the sequence. Four years later, the women who got only two shots were "as protected" as those who got three - and researchers say those who got even a single shot also had high levels of protection.
Cervical cancer is not something that pops up in four years -- and it certainly doesn't show up in the four years after girls are told to get their HPV shots, which can start at age 9 or even earlier these days.
When was the last time you saw a 13-year-old cervical cancer patient?
But like I said earlier, there's no reason to debate the number of shots -- because your daughter or granddaughter doesn't need any of them.
The media likes to call Cervarix and Gardasil "cervical cancer vaccines," but they're nothing of the sort. They only protect against some of the strains of the sexually transmitted human papillomavirus (HPV) that can cause cervical cancer -- and might only for a limited period of time.
That means a child who suffers a serious side effect from the vaccine now could still get cervical cancer later!
It's the worst of both worlds -- and that's why even families who normally line up for every required shot are saying no to this one.
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