Lately, I have been seeing more and more women on social media who have been blindly supporting everything listed as “women’s health.” I find this extremely frightening and concerning, especially when these posts do not have any type of information attached to the product that they are advertising to put in their body. One of the products I am most concerned about is the Gardasil shot, or also known as the HPV vaccine.

Before I start, let me just say that I am personally for vaccines. Especially the main ones we get as a child and that we generally need for college admission, but there comes a point where you need to educate yourself on vaccines that you would not typically get as a child or for college admission. Also, I am not attacking any woman or man who made the decision to receive this vaccine. People’s bodies react differently to vaccines and medicine. I am only shining light on concerns that need to be brought to attention, especially when women are being bullied into receiving it without any education on the side effects that are now haunting some of those who have been administered the vaccine.

The Gardasil shot was created to protect women against a sexually transmitted disease that can cause cervical cancer, although this vaccine is also being pushed on young boys as well. What is the issue?  NPR reports that 95% of women who contract HPV never get cervical cancer. In America, 12,000 women are diagnosed a year with cervical cancer with about 4,000 who pass away from it. That is nearly a 70% survival rate with medicine advancing every single day. However, this is not why people are upset with the vaccine being pushed on such young girls. Scientists, activists, and parents are becoming more and more upset that physicians are using scare tactics to justify the vaccine, despite the harmful reactions.

The Gardasil shot has caused a lot of controversy, especially after multiple people died directly from side effects shortly after receiving the vaccine. On August 14th, 2018 a teenager by the name of Christopher Bunch died 3 weeks after receiving the vaccine because he contracted a rare neurological disease called Acute Disseminated Encephalomyelitis. This rare disease is listed as a possible side effect in the Gardasil Package Insert.  A study released by the World Health Organization named the HPV vaccine as one of the most dangerous vaccines yet. Worldwide, they found serious symptoms directly caused by the shot. Some of the most popular ones are complex regional pain syndrome (CRPS), postural orthostatic tachycardia syndrome (POTS), and chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS). Not only this, but there is a risk of infertility and ovarian failure after receiving the vaccine. The American College of Pediatrics issued a statement urging pediatricians to seriously discuss these symptoms, especially when it comes to ovarian failure. The ACP said in the statement that long-term ovarian failure was not assessed in either the rat trials or the human vaccine trials. Because of this, primary care physicians may not be aware that this is a side effect and it may be under reported. They also stated “The overwhelming majority (76%) of VAERS (Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System) reports since 2006 with ovarian failure, premature menopause, and/or amenorrhea are associated solely with Gardasil®.”

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These are only a few of the serious side effects. There are higher rates of the most common, not so serious side effects.
Some of these side effects include:

  • Vomiting

  • Nausea

  • Fatigue

  • Headache

  • Dizziness

  • Pain at injection site

  • Swelling

  • Loss of consciousness

I urge women, and men, who are being pushed to get this vaccine to do your own research. The key is to listen to your body and to know your body.

*The opinions expressed in this column are the author’s own.  They do not necessarily reflect the view of the FFL organization.*

Sienna K