For those that are ecstatic about the new HPV vaccine, the nation’s leading cancer centers, involving two in Baltimore, just released their support to endorse new recommendations by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC). The doctors believe these suggestions can help improve the use of the vaccine and prevent human papillomavirus, which is the most widespread sexually transmitted contagion in the United States. However, some skeptics believe it may be more of a foe than a friend.
The Controversy of the HPV Vaccine
According to the doctors, the concern is that human papillomavirus can lead to lethal cervical, esophagus and other cancers. Recently, 69 National Cancer Institute-chosen cancer centers sent a letter to the CDC sanctioning the recommendations. Among these select few organizations were the Sidney Kimmel Comprehensive Cancer Center at Johns Hopkins and The University of Maryland Marlene and Stewart Greenebaum Comprehensive Cancer Center.
Some of these approved recommendations endorse that children aged 11 to 12, under the new guidelines, should obtain two amounts of the HPV vaccine no less than six months apart. A three-dose series is recommended for those older than 15.
They stand by these recommendations due to the 79 million individuals in the United States that are disease-ridden with HPV. They are worried that these numbers seem to be increasing rather than decreasing. The CDC reports that over 39,000 different cancers connected to HPV are found each year in the United States.
Whereas, Dr. Konno of Japan explains that the Japanese administration ended its recommendation for the HPV vaccine in 2013, after cases of suspected adverse events in young women who had stigmas. Dr. Konno stands by the fact that the side effects are “a psychological effect” and that the whole controversy was started by an anti-HPV vaccination group.
The Japanese newspaper Asahi Shimbun offered facts in regards to some 50 girls who experienced complex regional pain disorder. The paper also printed the statistic that 100 girls stayed home from school after getting the HPV vaccine.
Foe or Friend?
According to Dr. Konno, it is hard to know if the HPV vaccine is friend or foe due to the sensational reports. This is because the negative story about the HPV vaccine spread through Japanese social networks without being verified.
The absenteeism of any mass media watchdog in Japan and the moderately lax defamation laws mean that newspapers, news programs, social networks and victim support groups can publish unconfirmed videos and stories of girls who assert to suffer from hostile events following HPV inoculation.
In Central and South America, some might call it a foe, due to deaths related to the vaccine. Karen Durán-Cantor, on May 22, 2015, fell victim to the vaccination. This 16-year old girl died after difficulties due to new onset autoimmune disorders thought to have been caused by two shots of Gardasil, which is the recombinant human papillomavirus vaccine. The vaccine is given to school age girls all over the country.
She began to experience joint and finger pain, which the physicians believed was Juvenile Rheumatoid Arthritis. Despite receiving medical treatment, her disease became worse she had to quit going school due to the constant severe pain.
There are reports of similar cases in the United States. On July 30, 2014, 12-year-old Meredith Prohaska of Waukesha, Wisc., died after being inoculated with an HPV vaccine. Inquiring minds wanted to know if the vaccine was the cause her death. Experts argue that it was not. There has never been a direct answer in the Prohaska case. Was it the inoculation that killed her?
Cover up or not?
Nevertheless, each confirmed fatality that occurred was reviewed by both the CDC and FDA. However, in every instance, both institutions concluded there was “no diagnosis that would propose that Gardasil triggered the death.”
Some are still not satisfied with the Prohaska case and believe that HPV vaccine killed her and that there was a cover-up. Her mother found her daughter face-down on the floor and expressionless only six hours after being inoculated. In Oct. 2014, the Waukesha County medical inspector publically announced that the autopsy revealed no evidence that the vaccination caused or contributed to the girl’s demise. Meanwhile, a unified front of doctors continues to declare the shot is harmless.
As a matter of fact, to ease the minds of people, they plan on highlighting the position of the vaccine and remove some of the connected stigmas. In the meantime, they are actively encouraging all teenagers to take advantage of this safe and efficient injection.
By Jomo Merritt
Edited by Cathy Milne
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