HPV Vaccine: Is It Safe? Doctors Answer Your Questions

Dr. Timothy Johnson and Other Physicians Answer Your Questions on Gardasil

ABC News

ABC News Medical Unit
Aug. 19, 2009

On Tuesday, ABC News’ Chief Medical Editor Dr. Timothy Johnson wrote a blog entry that appeared on the World Newser about a new report in the Journal of the American Medical Association on the benefits and risks of Gardasil, the Merck vaccine against the human papilloma virus (HPV).

While side effects from the vaccine appear to be rare, the shot has been associated with effects ranging from fainting and nausea to life-threatening blood clots and other more severe complications.

In his entry, Johnson noted that he could not recommend that all girls and young women in the eligible age range for the shot get vaccinated based on what researchers currently know about the vaccine’s risk profile.

…..Physicians agreed that just because a girl has had the first shot of the HPV vaccine does not mean that she must necessarily complete the entire three-dose course.

“If they’ve only had one dose and they’ve had no problems with it, it could make sense to pull out and not do any more doses,” said Dr. Diane Harper, director of the Gynecologic Cancer Prevention Research Group at the University of Missouri…..


Comment from Leslie

ABC News is stepping up to the plate on this one. Kudos to them for taking a stand and not backing down admidst other media reports


Author: Leslie Carol Botha

Author, publisher, radio talk show host and internationally recognized expert on women's hormone cycles. Social/political activist on Gardasil the HPV vaccine for adolescent girls. Co-author of "Understanding Your Mood, Mind and Hormone Cycle." Honorary advisory board member for the Foundation for the Study of Cycles and member of the Society for Menstrual Cycle Research.