Stephanie Swanson, St. Peter, Minn., letter: The HPV vaccine saves livesOn Sept. 13, Michele Bachmann stated in an interview that the HPV vaccine Gardasil, which is used to prevent cervical cancer, is “dangerous” and might be linked to “mental retardation.”
By: Stephanie Swanson,
ST. PETER, Minn. — On Sept. 13, Michele Bachmann stated in an interview that the HPV vaccine Gardasil, which is used to prevent cervical cancer, is “dangerous” and might be linked to “mental retardation.”
These comments may have caused harm to the country’s public health by preventing teenage girls from getting vaccinated.
Bachmann’s comments are not true. The vaccine is safe and can save lives.
As of last year, about 32 percent of all teenage girls in the U.S. had received the Gardasil series of shots. Not one confirmed case has been reported of the vaccine causing a serious health condition, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Some parents may have been scared away after the allegations that the vaccine could cause serious health risks. But studies have been conducted, and no such evidence of the vaccine causing serious illness has been found.
Remember, it is important for parents to get their daughter vaccinated to prevent the HPV infection, which could lead to cervical cancer.
Each year, about 12,000 women in the U.S. get cervical cancer, and about 4,000 women die from it.
Almost all of these cancers are caused by the HPV virus.
If you could prevent this, why wouldn’t you?