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Another reason for vaccine use is to prevent recurrent respiratory pappiloma in infants. Contacted via birth canal or inuterio from mother with Hpv subtype #6#11#31
I would like to address the comments on the safety of this vaccine. Safety is indeed carefully monitored and reported(very closely). For those interested in reading reports about the safety and monitoring, including any side effects of the vaccine, the CDC website has all data to date listed at this site http://www.cdc.gov/vaccinesafety/vaccines/HPV/Index.html
Why not call it what it is? Gardasil. The one with inadequate testing and horrific side effects. (I have spoken with a patient who was repeatedly hospitalized.) It is alarming to read an article from Mayo Clinic that states it causes little or no symptoms. To say only minor (expected) side effects have been reported is false. It is common knowledge that the side effects cause paralysis or worse.
Gardasil - Ask about all these unanswered questions:
Whether it prevents cancer, necessity for boosters, whether it increases risk of cancer, whether there is increased risk of cancer due to the of gene manipulated HPV DNA, whether Gardasil vaccinated may safely donate blood,increased risk of autoimmune disorders due to the recombinant HPV DNA, if HPV is necessarily an infection transmitted by sexual intercourse, whether it causes genotoxicity, whether it targets the relevant virus strains in different demographics, whether the strains change in the course of time, adverse events due to concomitant administration with other vaccines, true numbers of longterm serious adverse events, what results would be if a true placebo had been used in all the clinical trials, what results of clinical trials would be if Merck had not used own exclusion criteria, whether there is increased risk of blood clots when Gardasil is combined with hormonal contraceptive pills, increased risk of brain damage, consequences of “bridging”,risk of infertility,stillbirths, babies born with anomalies etc etc etc etc.
kindly clarify that Youtube post on injection HPV effects is false or true on the paralysis(CNS)& eventually DEATH? Is vy scary & frightening even think of getting immunized. TQ
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