EvergreenParkPatch, Aug. 2, 2011
Accounts of death and illness rise as CDC continues to tout drug's merits.
The FDA has licensed the use of two vaccines, Cervarix and Gardasil, to protect boys and girls from the disease. Three doses administered at 11 or 12 years of age are recommended. While the vaccine is not on the immunization schedule for boys, vaccination is strongly encouraged for girls.
A wise recommendation, until you consider recent statistics. The CDC reports that as of June 22, 2011, there have been 68 deaths reported to VAERS, the Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System, among children who died after receiving the Gardasil vaccine. Of the 35 million doses administered in the U.S., VAERS has received 18,727 reports of adverse reactions.