Every schoolkid in California has to have a series of vaccinations, and this year there's been a special push for the Whooping Cough vaccination that apparently a lot of kids, even up to college age, hadn't had. You couldn't enroll your kid without it. And in Virginia, Gardisil vaccines have been mandatory for some time, but nobody is beating up the state government there.
I looked up some facts about Gardisil to see what the history of adverse reactions have been. Here are some numbers from the CDC:
Reports to VAERS Following Gardasil®There's more information about certain adverse reactions at the link. Bottom line, 99.95% safety rating, and 92% of the adverse reactions were considered minor. Seems to be a pretty safe vaccine, certainly on par with the others that are regularly mandated for our kids. I'm not really sure why this one has generated such abuse for Perry, especially when you consider that Mitt Romney mandated health insurance for everyone in Massachusetts, something Republicans are supposed to be against.
As of June 22, 2011, approximately 35 million doses of Gardasil® were distributed in the U.S. and VAERS received a total of 18,727 reports of adverse events following Gardasil® vaccination: 17,958 reports among females and 346 reports for males, of which 285 reports were received after the vaccine was licensed for males in October 2009. VAERS received 423 reports of unknown gender. Of the total number of VAERS reports following Gardasil®, 92% were considered to be non-serious, and 8% were considered serious.
Non-serious adverse event reports
VAERS defines non-serious adverse events as those other than hospitalization, death, permanent disability, or life-threatening illness.
The vast majority (92%) of the adverse events reports following Gardasil® vaccination have included fainting, pain, and swelling at the injection site (the arm), headache, nausea, and fever. Syncope (fainting) is common after injections and vaccinations, especially in adolescents. Falls after fainting may sometimes cause serious injuries, such as head injuries, which can be prevented by closely observing the person for 15 minutes after vaccination.
Serious adverse event reports
Any VAERS report that indicated hospitalization, permanent disability, life-threatening illness, congenital anomaly or death is classified as serious. As with all VAERS reports, serious events may or may not have been caused by the vaccine.