The American Academy of Pediatrics has taken an aggressive stance in response to false statements about HPV vaccines that have been made recently in the US Republican presidential campaign, including misinformation such as the HPV vaccine is dangerous and can cause mental retardation. As the AAP states in their September 13 press release, there is absolutely no evidence to support these false claims.
The facts are clear. HPV is the most common sexually transmitted infection in the world. HPV is responsible for thousands of deaths each year from cervical cancer, in women from all walks of life across the globe. In Canada, two HPV vaccines have been approved: Gardasil and Cervarix. These vaccines are proven to be safe and effective in preventing infections from the types of HPV that can lead to 70% of cervical cancers. Kudos to the AAP and many other organizations and scientists who have spoken up to set the record straight on HPV vaccines.
Shivinder Dhillon, WHRI Coop Student
Emily Wagner, Infectious Diseases Research Manager