Vincentians have been reassured by officials from the Ministry of Health, Wellness and the Environment, that the Human papilloma virus (HPV) vaccines are safe, despite a recent upsurge in the debate concerning its safety.
There has been fierce debate across the Caribbean as to whether or not the vaccine should be given.
According to the CDC Human papillomavirus (HPV), infection is very common. Most people—about 9 in 10—will get an HPV infection at some point in their lives.
HPV infections can cause health problems, including several kinds of cancer in both women and men.
The assurance came from Chief Medical Officer, Dr Simone Keizer-Beache, who said the Human papilloma virus vaccines are vaccines that prevent infection by certain types of human papillomavirus, which can spread through skin-to-skin contact or through sexual activity.
Dr Keizer-Beache said there is no evidence to suggest that the vaccine is unsafe.
However, according to the Alliance for Natural Health, A study released by a World Health Organization (WHO) monitoring centre in Sweden shows adverse event reports received which represent only a fraction of those actually experienced.
It also showed that the vaccine has a tendency to produce clusters of serious adverse events that include complex regional pain syndrome (CRPS), postural orthostatic tachycardia syndrome (POTS) and chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS) that exceeds any other vaccine.
The Center for Disease Control (CDC) published a summary document of adverse events in the Journal of the American Medical Association for vaccine administration from the time of approval in June 2006 to December 2008.
It said the most common events reported were fainting – common after needle injections, especially in pre-teens and teens, local reactions at the site of immunization, Dizziness, Nausea and Headache.