Merck’s Gardasil Vaccine

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hpv-vaccinesThis vaccine was developed to fight the HPV virus and has been given to pre teen as well as adult women to prevent the outbreaks of cervical cancer and genital warts. Merck’s Gardasil vaccine however has raised certain issues when it come to little girls and it has been found to have adverse reactions, as the vaccine was tested using an aluminum based solution. This may cause cell destructions as well as allow traces of aluminum to enter the brain.

Merck’s vaccine has been denied universal use by the National Vaccine Information Centre because of various unclear facts that came out of trial studies. It was not clear as to how many girls aged between 9 and 15 had been given the drug and how many of them had received the Hepatitis B injection with it. The labels that appeared on the manufacturer’s (Merck) insert stated that of the 11,813 people that were tested there were only 2 cases of rheumatoid arthritis, 1 case of juvenile arthritis, and 5 of arthritis. They failed to mention however the 17 deaths that occurred to try and push the drug onto the markets.

The Merck Gardasil vaccine was shelved because it failed to show all the testing and clinical trials that could be done. The amount of women that have cervical cancer in a year is only one percent, and to risk even more young girls to various degrees of illnesses that were unclear was not wise.
gardasil-hpv-vaccineMerck’s Gardasil vaccine was however passed by the US Food and Drug Administration and they have been lobbying to make it compulsory for all middle school and high school girls to take it. By the end of the year 2006 Merck had shipped 2 million doses of the vaccine in America, but some states remain skeptical and many are also put off by the high costs which many medial aids will not cover.

It is up to you whether you want to risk using this vaccine which can cause various complications. Cervical cancer on the other hand is no laughing matter and most women are becoming more aware of how this vaccine can prevent them from contracting the HPV strain of the virus that causes 70 percent of cervical cancers and 90 percent of genital warts. Merck’s Gardasil vaccine has not been tested properly on men although they do state that it is for men and women to use. More tests and clinical trials will have to be conducted in order to prove that it is safe for men to take.

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