Health officials in the Candadian province of London, Ontario, said more than half of girls of qualifying age are opting not to receive the Gardasil vaccine. The study, which comes out of the London-Middlesex area, said only about 45 percent of eighth-grade girls decided to receive the three-dose vaccination against the Human Papillomavirus (HPV), which is paid for by the federal government. HPV has been identified to cause cervical cancer.
However, researchers say the girls and their parents are choosing instead the more traditional route of annual physical check-ups and Pap smears as a method for detecting and treating any signs of HPV or pre-cancerous cells. Some parents have said they consider the vaccine to be unsafe, while others simply feel it is unnecessary, as most cases of HPV clear themselves without causing any adverse events.
Conversely, the HPV vaccine Gardasil, and similar vaccine Cervarix, have been linked to thousands of adverse event reports, including serious reactions. According to the Public Health Agency of Canada, 38 people have been hospitalized following a Gardasil vaccine since 2007, and one person has died. While the agency said there is not sufficient evidence to link the death to the vaccine, it is enough for some patients and parents to stop and think twice.
The Middlesex-London Health Unit started administering the Gardasil vaccine through a school-based program in 2007.
Source: London Free Press