Is Gardasil Worth the Risk

April 3, 2009  
Filed under General Interest

Researchers Question If HPV Vaccine Is Worth the Risk
Gardasil’s High Cost and Effectiveness Come Under Fire
By SHARYN ALFONSI
Aug. 20, 2008

“The overall effect of the vaccines on cervical cancer remains unknown,” Dr. Carolyn J. Haug, the Journal of Norwegian Medical Association’s editor, wrote in the New England Journal editorial. “The real impact of HPV vaccination on cervical cancer will not be observable for decades.”

Gardasil is also expensive, costing about $400 to $1,000 for the necessary three doses of the vaccine. Studies have not proven how long the immunity will last and whether or not additional shots will be needed, which would raise the cost even higher. ”

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