Opinion: The real news for parents about HPV vaccine

And back-to-school shots


In the age of social media, drama travels fast.

Parents of pre-teens and teens whose doctors recommend they receive the cancer-preventing Human Papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine might find plenty of unsubstantiated reasons on the internet to not get the vaccine: it's easy for stories -- true or not -- to be uploaded to a chat room and read across the globe in a matter of hours.

Careful answers to parents' basic concerns about safety and effectiveness take a lot longer. As a Congolese proverb reminds us: "Lies come up in the elevator; the truth takes the stairs but it gets here eventually."

The safety monitoring of HPV vaccine has been a long walk up many steps. We now have over a decade of surveillance data on vaccine reactions since the original version of vaccine was licensed in 2006.

There are some common reactions -- irritation at the injection site may occur, and some patients may get a fever or headache. Before administering the vaccine, your doctor will check with you about any possible contraindications. Anyone who has had a previous allergic reaction to the vaccine, or who has an allergy to yeast, should not be given the vaccine. Severe allergic reactions are very rare -- CDC estimates they may occur in around one in a million doses. Your doctor's staff will keep your child under observation for 15 minutes after the shot to treat possible fainting or anaphylactic reactions.

But the evidence is clear: For almost all adolescents, the benefits of HPV vaccine in preventing cancer and genital warts far outweigh the risks.

A study on HPV vaccine effectiveness done at the University of New Mexico by Dr. Cosette Wheeler and her colleagues found it to be even better than what scientists expected when the vaccine was introduced in 2006. Last year they reported in a JAMA Oncology article that the incidence of cervical neoplasia (abnormal cell growth on the cervix) among girls 15 to 19 years old decreased by about 50 percent from 2007 to 2014.

There's more good news for shot-shy pre-teens: Based on studies showing that only two doses of the vaccine provided protection for younger ages, CDC lowered the recommended number of doses this year from three to two for teens younger than 15.

New Mexico parents can face many difficult choices, but deciding to vaccinate their teens against cancer shouldn't be one of them. They can be confident in their doctor's recommendation to have them receive HPV vaccine at the same time as they get their other back-to-school shots.

Daniel Burke, MPH, NMDOH, Chief Infectious Disease Bureau

Brian Etheridge, MD, FAAP, President NM Pediatric Society

William G. Liakos Jr, MD, FAAP President, NM Medical Society

Sharon Phelan, MD, FACOG, Chair, NM Section of ACOG


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True Farmer

NO, this is wrong. Teens who have been given Gardasil (hpv vaccine) have died the same day, become paralyzed for life and have suddenly come down with Guillain-Barre syndrome. I don't know why this is being pushed and has been pushed by this writer Several times in the past year.




First and foremost, HPV (genital warts basically) is not life threatening and clears up in most cases on it's own. In Very FEW cases it can lead to cervical cancer, but pre-screening Pap smears can detect any issues. The vaccine on the other hand is highly problematic. This virus can eliminate itself naturally and IF they get it, they have genital warts,-or your child/teen becomes paralyzed, defective with a neurological disease, or possibly dies is a different story.

What to know about the HPV vaccine is that IT DOESN'T COVER all of HPV transmission, only Some strains. So you risk putting your child through a life changing EVENT and possible LIFETIME debilitation for something that is not a real problem. Teach your kids not to have unprotected sex until monogamy. I know that goes against Liberal teachings about open sex relationships and Free Love, but the FACTS ARE, if you vaccinate for HPV you risk harming you child for LIFE. If you teach good practices about sex and relationships, you protect them for life, and don't have to 'Stick' your child with a life altering neurological disease or watch your teen die in your bathtub the DAY OF the VACCINE, which many parents have gone through. LOOK IT UP! Gardasil Kills Kids,.

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True Farmer

BTW Gardasil (HPV vaccine ) is Expensive, about $100 a shot , done 3x. It's subsidized by the Bill Gates Foundation and the US taxpayer.

Initially IT WAS ONLY FOR GIRLS, and tried to be Mandated in all schools until parents rejected and opposed, in droves.. Because they couldn't SELL or Mandate it, they started trying to mandate it for Boys as well.

HPV vaccine is NOT recommended for anyone who is already sexually active, and has extreme negative effects.

This vaccine is basically poison, for a 'condition' that is not life threatening and clears itself naturally in most cases.

So, ask yourself, will my child get an std which clears itself naturally or can be removed by laser or cry0-nitrogen, or Possibly get a lifetime neurological disease or die from the vaccine? You choose.

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