Gardasil Research Paper

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Morton 1 Precollege 30 April 2010 Gardasil: The Shot You Shouldn’t Get! Everyone has seen the commercial and wants their selves or their daughters to become “one less”. But what they don’t know is that they could be just another one to lose their life from the vaccine. Gardasil is a vaccine (injection/shot) that is used for girls and women 9 through 26 years of age to help protect against the following diseases caused by HPV. The vaccine is usually given in the arm muscle in 3 serious. The first dose is given at the date that your physician schedules for you. The second dose is given 2 months from dose 1 and the third dose is given 6 months from the 2nd dose. (Gardasil) The target of the vaccine is HPV and Cervical Cancer. There are about 20 million people currently infected with HPV. Women have an 80 percent chance of developing HPV by the time they are 50. HPV is most common in people in their late teens and early 20s. The vaccine is a preventative and they advise you get the shot before encountering in sexual activity. About 11,000 women will be diagnosed with cervical cancer and 3600 will die. (Atkinson) Cervical Cancer is cancer of the cervix, the lower narrow part of the uterus. The uterus is hollow, pear-shaped organ where a baby grows during a women’s pregnancy. (Facts) Morton 2 Merck began marketing Gardasil in 2006 after the Food and Drug Administration approved it for females ages 9 to 26. The vaccine is the first of its kind to build immunity against two strains of HPV, which lead to 70% of cervical cancer cases in the United States. Merck was on a roll until parents, who were being threatened with state mandates forcing their little girls to get three doses started. Gardasil vaccine is perhaps one of the most controversial vaccines to date. (Lopes) Let’s not forget that Merck is the same company that brought us Vioxx, and knew or should

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