By Sharon Roznik • The Reporter • May 3, 2010
The Fond du Lac County Health Department is offering for a second consecutive year HPV Gardasil vaccines to students in elementary school.
School-based immunization clinics were held last week at Fond du Lac schools.
The human papilloma virus vaccine for girls and boys age 11 and older is recommended by the Centers for Disease Control, said Health Officer Diane Cappozzo.
Julie Roloff, a parent of a Lakeshore Elementary School student, said she has concerns about the safety of the vaccine, including an ingredient that is known to cause infertility. Roloff opted not to give her child the vaccine.
“I think 95 percent of the people have no idea what is in Gardasil or what the potential side effects are,” she said.
Another parent, Tara Grahl of Eden, said when her 9-month old is of age, she will forego the Gardasil.
“I am not saying they should not offer shots in schools. They should, however, be honest and open about the ingredients and the real problems that could arise, not just swelling at the injection site … but the possibility of death or long term disability,” Grahl said.