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