HPV Vaccine Side Effects

Must Try

Diet and Exercise Tips

How are you doing with the five healthy diet tips we posted earlier? Are you ready for some more? Here are six more diet and exercise tips to add...

Britney Spears: LipoDissolve and Plastic Surgery

Dissolve and Plastic SurgeryAccording to OK!, Britney Spears is hoping to get her body back with the help of LipoDissolve and plastic surgery. About two weeks ago, Britney Spears allegedly bought...

The Evil Soy Empire

Dubbed the ultimate meat alternative of the 90s, praised by vegetarians, and health conscious consumers, soy products are sweeping the nation. A darling of...

Jordin Sparks: Weight, Height, and Plus-Size Tips

Jordin Sparks’ Facts Current Weight: unknown. Current Size: 12 (used to be 13). Height: nearly six feet tall, was 5’10”in junior high school. “I stood out everywhere,” she...
Maria Lorenzhttps://ifitandhealthy.com
Join me on my "I Fit and Healthy" journey! Maria is an Upstate New Yorker interested in all things healthy-living related! She started the "I Fit and Healthy" Blog to document life and her pursuit of healthy living. By day she work in digital media and advertising. By night she’s a first-rate wife and mom of two crazy little girls! She is self-proclaimed addicted to her iPhone/iPad and always on the hunt for the latest health tools and fitness gadgets.

When it comes to giving a series of shots to adolescent girls to guard against cervical cancer, some pediatricians do not hesitate to recommend the vaccines. “We are at the brink of something very exciting. It’s a public health issue, not an issue about a sexually transmitted disease.

It’s important to immunize as many young girls as possible to protect them from their future,” says Dr. Neville Golden, chief of adolescent medicine at Lucille Packard Children’s Hospital.

Gardasil, which was approved by the FDA in June 2006, has been endorsed by the Centers for Disease Control as a means to prevent young women from contracting a handful of strains of the Human Papilloma Virus (HPV) that have been linked to cervical cancer. The disease kills an estimated 4,100 each year.

As of March 30, 2007, Merck had sold 5 million doses of the vaccine, which is administered three times over six months. While the protocol has not had any reported significant side effects – minus a possible low-grade fever, nausea or on-site swelling –
some parents feel that going ahead with the shots is premature.

John Wardee, a former cancer information specialist with the National Cancer Institute, recognizes the merits of prevention – with his sister dying of die disease at age 28 – but remains skeptical about the effectiveness of this particular vaccine.

“My worry is, it is too new to trust. I’m worried about long-term side effects that haven’t had time to manifest given the short time it’s been out,” says the father of two teenage girls.

Golden explains that the protein-based composition of the vaccine has no infectious components, and its function is to trigger the body’s immune response. Dr. Nadine Burke, medical director of the Bayview Child Health Center in San Francisco, is another advocate for the vaccine who has encountered some understandable uncertainty from her patients’ parents.

“I get questions about whether it’s necessary,” she says. “Parents are concerned that they’re sending the wrong message to the child. They don’t want to see it as an endorsement of sexual activity and unprotected sex specifically. That’s part of the education. … They don’t want to begin having this conversation with a 9-year-old. [via BA Parent]


Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here

Latest Posts

Tips to Make Exercise a Habit 

Exercise is a multi-beneficial program. It helps you attain a healthy body and mind, proper weight control and is suitable for sleep. But, with...

5 Ways to Change Up What You Eat in a Day

Even the healthiest diet can stand a few tweaks to better support your health goals. If you are trying to lose weight, build muscle,...

Heart-healthy diets: steps to prevent cardiovascular diseases

Heart disease and related illness are the leading cause of death among men and women in America more than any other chronic illness. Being...

CBD For Your Pets. What Do You Think Is Best?

If you’ve visited a Seattle Dispensary in the last year or so, no doubt you have come across an entire section dedicated to the...

Acupuncture 101: What to Expect From Your First Appointment

Have you been feeling unbalanced as of late, as if there’s some disruption going on in your system that you just can’t place what...

More Recipes Like This