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Parents Want 'Opt-Out' Option for HPV Vaccine, Study Finds

Parents want to be able to 'opt-out' of mandatory HPV vaccines, according to a new study. As ABC News reports, "While just 21 percent of parents thought laws requiring the vaccine for school were a "good idea," that number rose significantly -- to 57 percent -- if there was an "opt-out" provision offered." This is good to hear, because the HPV vaccine may not actually be doing much good.

WHAT IS IT GOOD FOR: As more children and teens have received HPV vaccines, adverse reaction reports have been pouring in to the Vaccine Adverse Events Reporting System (VAERS). Meanwhile, the HPV vaccine's effectiveness has continued to be questioned as well. Sixty percent of women who received the Gardasil vaccine had a higher risk of being infected with another strain (type) of human papillomavirus (HPV). Additionally, unvaccinated women had lower rates of the non-vaccine high-risk strains of HPV. Most HPV infections do not lead to cancer and, instead, clear up on their own within two years. Make sure you are aware of the risks of the HPV vaccine BEFORE you decide if you or a loved one should get it.
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