The Human Papillomavirus (HPV) is a cause for concern for millions of young women around the world. Most experts recommend that you vaccinate your young daughters against the disease. But some are worried about the safety of the procedure, leading experts to debate the merits of the process.
“It’s really concerning that parents think the HPV vaccine isn’t safe,” said Dr. Dennis Cunningham, an infectious disease specialist at Nationwide Children’s Hospital in Columbus, Ohio.
A full 12,000 women are diagnosed with cervical cancer every year, most of it linked to an HPV infection. Due to lower marital rates, a large percentage of these women are African American. There are 100 strains of the virus, which causes genital warts. Persistent infection can lead to various forms of cancer in some women.
As a result of the infections, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommend that all girls between the ages of 11 and 12 get the vaccine. They also recommend a “catch up” vaccination for women up to the age of 26.
In spite of the CDC recommendations, a growing percentage of parents are saying that they do not plan to get their daughters vaccinated, citing concerns about side effects. Oddly enough, doctors aren’t sure why there has been an increase in parents who are worried about the side effects.
“There’s a lot of unreliable vaccine information out there,” said Dr. Cunningham.
The CDC claims that the side effects for the HPV Vaccine are no different from those of other vaccinations: dizziness and mild fever. There are a few cases of fainting, but not many. There were some reports of blood clots, but these were typically in people who had other factors causing the clots, like smoking or birth control pills.
The conclusion appears to be that the vaccination is safe.