In 2006, the HPV vaccine was approved for young, teenage girls, claiming to be an important cervical cancer prevention tool. In 2007, Texas governor, Rick Perry, mandated the HPV vaccine after it had only been approved for one year. Sometime thereafter by executive order governor Perry’s mandate was overwritten and governor Perry choose not to veto the executive order. More than five years later there has been little rush from others to mandate the vaccine. If there is so much evidence supporting the vaccine as a form of cervical cancer prevention as well as prevention from STD’s, the question is, then, why are not more states “jumping on the band wagon?”
At least as of the time of this blog, there have only been two other jurisdictions mandating HPV vaccines. Virginia had originally mandated the vaccine but allowed parents to opt-out of the vaccine after reviewing information on the vaccine and by filling out the necessary paperwork. In early 2011, the Virginia House of Representatives voted to end the mandate while a Senate committee voted against that measure making the mandate in affect although parents again, are permitted to opt-out. The senate recently defeated that bill and returned it to committee, leaving the mandate in place. (February 27, 2012).
In addition, Washington, D.C. has mandated HPV vaccines with the exception being a parent is allowed to opt-out of the vaccine for their daughter.
In 2007, at least 24 states plus the District of Columbia introduced legislation to mandate HPV vaccine for schools but yet as of now, only Virginia and the District of Columbia have such mandates.
Whether or not a vaccine should be mandated is not the subject of this article. What is important to know is that there are reasons for why there was such a commitment to mandating the HPV vaccine just five years ago yet so few states have followed through. It could be, that with the HPV vaccine there is risk. Of course, all drugs carry a risk of an adverse reaction; however, there seems to be an extraordinary risk associated with the HPV vaccine.
In addition, there are questionable test results and various studies with differing results as to the effectiveness of the HPV vaccine as well as the need for the vaccine. In addition, as more time goes by, more and more young women are suffering serious adverse reactions related to the HPV vaccine including death, convulsions, paralysis, paresthesia, Guillain-Barre Syndrome (GBS), transverse myelitis, facial palsy, chronic fatigue syndrome, anaphylaxis, autoimmune disorders, deep vein thrombosis, pulmonary embolisms and cervical cancer.
We are currently representing families and young women who have had serious adverse reactions to the HPV vaccine including two young women who have suffered premature ovarian failure. We have filed our claim and are in the process of proving that the premature ovarian failure caused by the HPV vaccine. We are working with medical experts from around the world to establish our claim which currently is pending in the U.S. Court of Claims.
All parents should seriously consider the implications of vaccinations regardless of the vaccine. However, special concern needs to be given to whether young girls should be vaccinated against HPV. Even in those states that mandate the vaccine, parents can opt-out. This means all of the information has to be gathered to make an informed decision on what is the best option for your child. Do not blindly follow the masses and have your daughter vaccinated unless you determine it to be the best alternative.
Beware of side effects and adverse reactions to the HPV vaccine and immediately have your child treated for these side effects. Remember to tell the treating doctor that your daughter recently received the HPV vaccine. This is true whether your child has an adverse reaction to the HPV vaccine or any other vaccine. In addition, adults can have adverse reactions to tetanus vaccines, the flu vaccine, H1N1, etc. Many people overlook their illness not linking the illness to the vaccine often times leading to a delay in diagnosis and treatment.
We represent both adults and children who have suffered severe adverse reactions and in some situations death due to vaccines. We represent clients across the country whether through our New York, Chicago, Wisconsin offices. If we have to meet we will travel and meet with you at no cost to you. Fees and costs are paid by the Vaccine Injury Program so that there is no financial risk for you to explore or proceed with a vaccine injury claim.
Should you have concerns or questions about a child or a loved one who has received the HPV vaccine or any other vaccine in which there have been any adverse reactions please contact us to discuss your options. There is no cost, no obligation and is many situations time is of the essence. If you are in the Chicago area please call us at (312) 988-4830, New York City call us at (212) 521-4192, in Wisconsin or anywhere else in the country call us at our toll free number at (866) 455-2993.