Gardasil Editorial

It is the role of parents to conduct research and make the decision to let children take controversial vaccines.
Recently, Human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine Gardasil has gained mainstream media attention over some of the side effects it has allegedly caused in Canadian women. Since 2008, there are at least 60 cases where women who took the vaccine have experience convulsions, muscle pains and joint pain after taking Gardasil.
Gardasil was approved by the United States’ FDA and Health Canada in 2006. Across the globe, more than 130 countries have approved Gardasil as a safe vaccine to take. In Merck-sponsored trials, Gardasil was found to prevent nearly 100 per cent of abnormal growths that may lead to cervical cancers. The trials also found only five cases that produced side-effects, in more than 11, 000 trials.
However, in 2013 Japan’s health ministry said it would stop promoting Gardasil while it conducted more tests on the vaccine for more serious side-effects. While it is possible for mistakes to be made in the approval of vaccines, the odds are incredibly low that over 130 countries worldwide have made a mistake in their approval process.
It is up to the parents to do their research and determine if they want their children to take controversial vaccines. Parents need to take responsibility for their children and not blindly let them take a vaccine that may have side-effects without first doing research. Reality is that almost every vaccine comes with its only set of side-effects. Parents need to weigh the potential side-effects of taking vaccines with the potential side-effects.
In order to make an educated decision for their children, parents must have access to the highest quality information. Health Canada needs to be more transparent in the results of testing done in the approval process. Health Canada should also be forced to continually update information on vaccines when a serious side-effect is reported.
Doctors and nurse should be better educated when recommending and injecting vaccines. In two cases, Ontario women were given the drug only to suffer side-effects that effect their daily living. Joe Keats was told by her doctor that Gardasil had no side-effects. However since receiving the vaccine she have experienced nausea, weakness and migraines.
Whitby’s Kaitlyn Armstrong received Gardasil at her school. Armstrong recalls guidance counselors pushing the vaccine on girls at her school. Gardasil is injected three times over a six month period. Prior to each injection, nurses asked Armstrong if she had any allegories. Each time, Armstrong responded, “Yes, I am allergic to metal.” Despite her allergy, Armstrong received the injection. Armstrong claims that neither the school nor the nurse informed her that an ingredient in Gardasil is aluminum salts. Following each injection, joint pain spread throughout her body.
If parents cannot trust doctors or nurses to provide them with accurate information they cannot make an educated decision when it comes to getting vaccines. It is the role of Health Canada to ensure that parents receive this information so they can make informed decisions. Ultimately, the decision to take vaccines is in the hands of parents to make the decision to allow their children to take vaccines or not.


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