It is widely known that HPV vaccine is essential and healthful method to avoid cancer. But, is HPV vaccine really effective ? Does it have any serious side effects on your child’s health in long-term?
This article will provide you detailed information to help you decide on your own.
WHAT IS HPV?
Human papillomavirus (HPV) is a viral infection that is passed between people through skin-to-skin contact. HPV is the most common (s. e xually) transmitted infection (STI). It is a different virus than HIV and HSV (herpes).
Anyone who is (s. e xually) active can get HPV, even if you have had (s.e.x) with only one person. You also can develop symptoms years after you have (s.e.x) with someone who is infected. This makes it hard to know when you first became infected.
SYMPTOMS & HEALTH PROBLEMS
Most HPV types cause no symptoms and go away on their own. But sometimes, HPV infection will last longer and can cause certain cancers and other diseases. HPV infection can cause:
- cancers of the cervix, vagina, and vulva in women;
- cancers of the penis in men; and
- cancers of the anus and back of the throat, including the base of the tongue and tonsils (oropharynx), in both women and men.
Other diseases appear might include: genital warts, common warts, plantar warts and flat warts.
HPV vaccine is an inactivated (not live) vaccine which protects against four major types of HPV. These include two types that cause about 70% of cervical cancer and two types that cause about 90% of genital warts. HPV vaccine can prevent most genital warts and most cases of cervical cancer.
WHICH GIRLS/WOMEN SHOULD RECEIVE HPV VACCINATION?
HPV infection is most common in people in their late teens and early 20s. Therefore, HPV vaccination is recommended for 11 and 12 year-old girls. It is also recommended for girls and women age 13 through 26 years of age who have not yet been vaccinated or completed the vaccine series; HPV vaccine can also be given to girls beginning at age 9 years.
PROS OF HPV VACCINE
- The HPV vaccine can protect against precancerous cervical lesions
Studies looking at data from 2007 to 2010 found that since the innoculation’s introduction, vaccine-type HPV prevalence decreased 56 percent among female teenagers 14–19 years of age.
As you can see, the early results seem promising
- The vaccine provides long-lasting protection against HPV
Experts predict that protection from the HPV vaccine will last for at least 15 years and probably lifelong, so no booster is required. Having only one series of shots may cut down on potential side effects.
However, since it’s relatively new, longer-term benefits are still unknown.
- The science suggests that the vaccine is safe
HPV vaccines are approved for use in over 100 countries and more than 100 million doses have been distributed worldwide.
Side effects of HPV vaccine are relatively mild (fever, dizziness, and nausea). But some claims that the side effects are rather serious (we’ll mention in HPV vaccine cons)
CONS OF HPV VACCINE
- Side Effects
As mentioned above, most side effects are not serious. However, some have experience fatal reactions after getting vaccination. Side effects range from more mild (pain at the injection site, fever and fainting) to adverse events (autoimmune and neurological disorders, anaphylaxis and death). Vaccine recipients have also reported experiencing chronic pain, chronic fatigue and sudden premature menopause.
- Is It Really Effective?
Because the cancer takes 10 to 20 years to develop, it’s too early to look at the effect of HPV vaccinations on cancer outcomes. Since the vaccine hasn’t even been around that long, scientists aren’t yet sure whether or not it’s something that will have to be re-administered in women later on in life.
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These conflicting information must make your head spin. Whatever your choice is, keep in mind that the vaccine isn’t a guarantee that your child won’t get cancer.