The report came from the American College of Paediatricians, and brought my attention to a very rare, but very serious, condition called premature ovarian failure (POF), also known as premature menopause, that had been linked to the vaccine in the U. It compared the figures with those from between 19, before the vaccine was widely administered (it has been routinely available to young girls in the UK and the U. for the past eight years) and found that, during the previous 15 years, there had been only seven cases reported.Believe me, I’ve heard all the counter arguments in support of this vaccine — largely from other parents who didn’t hesitate in allowing their daughters to have it — over the past few months.
We rely on primary care providers reporting problems with vaccines to the Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System, in order for cases to be counted, but if GPs don’t make the connection between premature menopause and HPV, they may be overlooked.
Cervical cancer is one of the few cancers we can prevent, which is why this vaccination programme is so important and why all parents should ensure their daughters receive this potentially life-saving inoculation, More than 200 million doses have been administered over the past ten years, with research and trials dating back to 1991.
‘What parent wouldn’t want their daughter protected from that?
’ I thought fleetingly, before slipping the signed form into her school bag.
But something about this vaccine frightened me, and all my instincts told me to apply the brakes while I still had the chance.