women tell their stories about ‘cervical cancer vaccines’
Supporters of the so-called ‘cervical cancer’ vaccines Gardasil and Cervarix have promoted them as safe and effective. However, an increasing number of women experience unwanted side effects and are not informed properly about what these vaccines might do – or might not. Women and girls often believe that after 3 shots with Gardasil or Cervarix they will not get cervical cancer. In reality, this injection does not protect against cervical cancer but against 2 strands of the human papilloma virus (HPV) which appear to contribute to 70% of cervical cancer. But there are lots of other HPV strands that also contribute to cervical cancer. And things like smoking, having a weak immune system and multiple sexual partners also contribute to developing pre-cancerous infections so Pap smears every 3 years are still essential. The good news is that most of these infections are cleared up naturally in most women. Should irregular cells be recognised in a Pap smear they can be removed. Cervical cancer is not an epidemic in developed countries such as Australia, the US, Canada and the UK. So why have this vaccine?
We worry about short and long-term safety of the so-called cervical vaccines. NO one knows whether they will affect a woman’s fertility. We already know that pregnant women should not be given the vaccine because it can cause miscarriages and some babies with abnormalities have been born. So it’s obviously a potent ‘drug’ that shouldn’t be injected lightly. We also know nothing about the long-term effectiveness about these vaccines. We think that these vaccines have been introduced far too quickly, especially for young girls: less than 1200 girls under 16 were included in the research, which was done by the drugs’ manufacturers.