HPV Vaccine Recommended For Boys

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Administering HPV vaccines for girls and young women has become a controversial topic, with some parents uncomfortable vaccinating children as young as 11 for a sexually transmitted disease. The vaccine has also become a hot topic among the GOP presidential candidates, with Rep. Michele Bachmann falsely claiming the vaccine caused a girl to become "mentally retarded." Doctors say there have been no proven cases of any harmful side-effects and that the vaccination is important in preventing several cancers, which HPV can lead to. The Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is now recommending that boys and young men take the vaccine to prevent throat and anal cancer, as well as the spread of HPV to women.

This new recommendation has been met with controversy as well, as the cancers that are being mentioned can be a result of gay sex. Dr. William Schaffner, is chairman of the department of preventative medicine at Vanderbilt University School of Medicine and a nonvoting member of the committee. He explains why it is vital to vaccinate both boys and girls against HPV.

Dr. Schaffner serves on a data safety monitoring board for the pharmaceutical company Merck, which produces the HPV vaccine Gardasil. Dr. Schaffner's board deals with experimental vaccine studies, and has no connection to the HPV vaccine.

Guests:

Dr. William Schaffner

Produced by:

David J Fazekas

Comments [6]

JakeTruth

This doctor, who is on the payroll of Merck, is quite shameless. He claims that the HPV vaccine is virtually 100 percent effective, which is simply not true. Why are such egregious conflicts of interests either dismissed or ignored when it comes to the US medical/pharmaceutical complex?

Jan. 11 2013 02:32 PM
sarah canido

@ Drew Soborowski

HPV is not 100% preventable.
You can protect yourself to the best of your abilities. But even if your only sexual partner is your spouse.... he may unknowingly infect you. HPV in most cases has no symptoms. its not fair to say its 100% preventable prepetuating the stigma that it has something to do with your sexual behavior.

Oct. 26 2011 05:39 PM
sarah canido

Im 25, a mother of 2. I just had cervical surgery due to the HPV virus. anything to prevent that for my kids is great! lets drop the STD Stigma @ the door. If it could help prevent cancer I aint to proud to beg!
(( agree w. ASA ))

Oct. 26 2011 05:32 PM
Stacey

Do you people know what is even meant by "clear"? It doesn't mean the disease just dissapears--only the symptoms (such as warts, abnormal cells). The disease merely becomes dormant and lives in harmony with your immune system--in otherwords, it becomes subclinical. Once you have HPV, you have it for life. And you can spread it even while the symptoms are dormant. Why the H$ll do you think it's so prevalent?

Please do your research.

Oct. 26 2011 01:28 PM
Drew Soborowski from Detroit

Please do your research, you casually mention the Doctor's association with Merck and don't challenge him on that relationship!?

Merck has a long list of deaths to its credit, and more than $5.5 billion in judgments and fines levied against it, waiting five years before making its $30-billion recall of the painkiller Vioxx . After the drug was withdrawn, and 60,000 had already died, Merck picked up the pieces painlessly by getting a new drug fast-tracked and on the market.

The drug Gardasil, a vaccine that so far has been linked to thousands of adverse events and at least 49 unexplained deaths. It's a situation that the FDA and CDC have been denying repeatedly, keeping their heads buried in the sand even as the adverse reports mount.
These are hefty risks for a vaccine that only sometimes protects against HPV, which is virtually 100 percent avoidable without a vaccine.

It’s essential to get the facts about HPV before considering this or any potentially dangerous vaccine. First off, although there are more than 6 million cases of HPV each year, just 2 percent of the patients in a recent study were infected by the kinds of HPV that put them at high risk for developing cervical cancer.

Furthermore, about 90 percent of HPV cases clear up on their own within two years.

You need to be aware that if you eat right, exercise and keep stress in your life under control, your immune system is typically healthy enough to clear up the vast majority of HPV infections.

In addition, the vaccine is not fool-proof. You can still get “non-vaccine” types of HPV even if you get vaccinated. In fact, a study in the Journal of the American Medical Association found that only 3 percent of their study participants were infected with the types of HPV that Gardasil was concocted to prevent.

Finally, remember that HPV is a sexually transmitted disease, which means that it is also easily preventable by modifying your lifestyle habits.

Finally, the doctor mentioned the word cancer several times, coincidence? Hardly. Pharmaceutical industries know the magic buzz words us get our attention, like say... "cholesterol" and watch the clueless,brainwashed masses line up and religiously take their Lipitor.

Oct. 26 2011 09:33 AM
Asa Johnson from Manhattan

I don't understand why sexual education is even part of this conversation. As a youth I just received booster shots and other vaccinations without any real understanding of how or what they were. Why would this one require a higher level discussion? Also, if the testing proves that the dangers of side-effects are very low wouldn't it be best to have the children be protected?

Oct. 26 2011 09:11 AM

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