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The Human Papillomavirus

            The human papillomavirus (HPV) is the most common sexually transmitted infection in the United States most commonly found in young adults who are sexually active. There are two types of vaccines administered for this, Gardasil and Cervarix, which are given as a three shot series over a process of six months to complete. These vaccines are known to prevent cervical cancer, penile cancer, vaginal and vulvar cancer as well, along with many other types of HPV. It is also understood that even if one exceeds the period of six months to get one of their shots, they do not have to repeat the process. However, while these vaccines may be broadcasted among the media as a positive act, they do have a downfall. Simple side effects of the vaccines may include but are not limited to, dizziness, syncope, nausea, and headaches. Gardasil has been exposed to having severe life threatening side effects that may too include serious injury and in some cases death. .
             The HPV vaccines were approved by the FDA in February 2006. Rick Perry had mandated an executive order in February 2007 for girls to have their HPV vaccines in order to enroll in sixth grade public schools beginning September 2008. Texas Legislature however, overruled this order because it was in violation of parental rights. As a young mother, I along with many other mothers, understand the concern of early promiscuity that could arise if we authorize these shots at an early age. After all, eleven year olds are too young to be sexually active, are they not? .
             Regardless that these immunizations are to prevent cervical cancer, they are not the only option. Going to get annual pap smears and regular checkups are important to attend to. With a pap smear we are able to detect abnormalities and catch cancer at its early onset. There are blood tests that could be performed as well to get accurate results.
             Many reports showed that after receiving the Gardasil vaccine, young adult women had side effects consisting of paralysis, extreme fatigue, brain damage and even death.

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