Controversy over HPV vaccine hits Presidential candidates - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

Controversy over HPV vaccine hits Presidential candidates

Governor Rick Perry said, "This was about trying to stop a cancer" However, Presidential Candidate Michelle Bachmann said,"Little girls, who have a negative reaction to this potentially dangerous drug, don't get a mulligan, and they don't get a do-over."

If you've been watching the debate among the GOP presidential hopefuls, you know that Michelle Bachmann has made an issue of the HPV vaccine.  She is also criticizing Governor Perry for his effort to get young girls immunized against cervical cancer.

It was never signed into law in Texas, but Bachman went on the Today Show today to make a further claim, which was from a woman who approached her after the debates.

Bachmann said, "She told me that her little daughter took that vaccine, that injection, and she suffered from mental retardation thereafter." Dr. William Schaffner stated, "We need to take a look at it of course, but we need to put it in the grouping of extraordinarily unlikely."

Dr. Schaffner and other experts insist that has never been evidence of a link between mental health problems.   HPV vaccine protects against several strains of the Human Papilloma Virus, which can lead to a majority of cervical cancers.

Multiple studies have shown the vaccine to be safe, but it does have minor side effects, like pain at the injection site.

There are now two HPV vaccines on the market --Merck's Gardasil and Cervarix.  Both vaccines are made by Glaxo-Smith-Kline.

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