No doubt, if you are reading this article, you have seen the recent television ad campaign by Gardasil that is focused on pressuring parents of young men into having them get the Gardasil HPV vaccine. The ads claim that the vaccination prevents certain sexually transmitted diseases and various forms of cancer.
Gardasil’s ad campaign is not limited to television. Recently, I noticed a billboard ad stating that the HPV vaccination prevents cancer in young men. Certainly, these types of advertisements leave little room for thought for millions of parents with teenage sons.
First, I am not a scientist or a medical doctor. I am an attorney who represents people who have suffered adverse reactions from the Gardasil HPV vaccination as well as many other vaccines. This truly is a case where a parent, as well as teenager, should investigate Gardasil before making the decision.
You should know that HPV is the most common sexually transmitted infection according to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention. It is a viral infection that can be spread from one person to another person through anal, vaginal, oral or through other close skin-to-skin touching during sexual activity. If your teenager is sexually active, he/she can get HPV. Nearly all sexually active people get infected with HPV at some point in their lives. Please understand that HPV is not the same as HIV or herpes.
Most HPV infections completely go away and don’t cause any health problems. However, in some cases, if an infection does not go away on its own, it’s possible to develop HPV symptoms months or years after getting infected. With respect to men, those who get HPV almost never develop symptoms and the infection usually goes away completely by itself.
With respect to cancer, although HPV is the most common sexually transmitted infection, HPV related cancers are not common in men. It is important to know that certain men are more likely to develop HPV/related cancers such as men with weak immune systems as well as men who have anal sex.
As far as I am aware, I have not seen any legitimate scientific studies showing a decrease in any type of cancer for young men because of the Gardasil HPV vaccination. It could be that it is simply too new to do any meaningful studies as it could be years following vaccination before one could develop cancer. Another reason is that there is simply no link between the two.
Again, I am not an expert but one only has to “Google” the topic to find numerous articles, publications, opinions, etc. for review and analysis. Considering that the risk of cancer in young men from HPV is extremely limited as well as considering that most HPV infections go away on their own without developing into any further complications one must consider the risk. As with the Gardasil HPV vaccination and other vaccines, the risk of an adverse reaction is extremely limited. However, the following is a list of just a few of the potential side effects caused by the HPV vaccine.
• Grand mal seizures and convulsions;
• Transient Deafness
• Circulatory collapse
• Transient Blindness
• Guillain barre syndrome
• Chronic fatigue syndrome
It is also concerning that many foreign countries have suspended, barred and/or attempted to suspend the administration of the Gardasil HPV vaccination to young men and women. Certainly, additional studies need to be done; however, in the meantime, until those studies are done, parents need to be vigilant in their decision making process. Also, parents who have or are going to have their sons and/or daughters vaccinated with the Gardasil HPV need to be aware that there is potential for adverse reactions. Should there be an adverse reaction, even if your doctors do not tell you there is a link between the vaccination and the injury, you need to seek legal help.
The Vaccine Injury Compensation Program was established to help compensate people and/or families who suffer adverse reactions from vaccinations. The program pays for pain and suffering, lost wages, and uninsured medical expenses, past and future.
I have been representing both families as well as vaccine recipients who have had adverse reactions from a variety of vaccines since shortly after the vaccine program began in 1987. I represent people from around the country, both young and old, who have had adverse reactions from a variety of vaccines. I have represented families of those who have died as a result of adverse reactions from vaccines. My clients never have to pay a fee for my services or costs regardless of the outcome, as attorneys’ fees and costs are paid by the vaccine program.
If you or a loved one have any questions or have been injured from an adverse reaction to a vaccination including the Gardasil HPV vaccine please contact me. Time is of the essence. The time period to file a claim is complicated. If late, you will not receive the needed compensation you deserve. Please feel free to email me at firstname.lastname@example.org or call me at 1-800-431-9776 to discuss your concerns.