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Is HPV Vaccine All It's Cracked Up to Be?

Accounts of death and illness rise as CDC continues to tout drug's merits.

The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) said there are approximately 11,000 new cases of cervical cancer each year in this country. They estimate that 4,000 women die annually from the disease.

Human papillomavirus, or HPV, is the main cause of this type of cancer. It is spread during sexual activity and can go undetected for years until tests or symptoms reveal the presence of the cancer.

The FDA has licensed the use of two vaccines, Cervarix and Gardasil, to protect boys and girls from the disease. Three doses administered at 11 or 12 years of age are recommended. While the vaccine is not on the immunization schedule for boys, vaccination is strongly encouraged for girls.

A wise recommendation, until you consider recent statistics. The CDC reports that as of June 22, 2011, there have been 68 deaths reported to VAERS, the Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System, among children who died after receiving the Gardasil vaccine. Of the 35 million doses administered in the U.S., VAERS has received 18,727 reports of adverse reactions.

What they don't tell you is that hundreds of healthy young girls are left with debilitating illnesses after receiving the vaccine. Chronic migraines, neurological disorders, stroke, syncope, seizures, the list goes on.

On Truthaboutgardasil.org heart-wrenching accounts of parents who've lost their daughters following vaccination are sobering. And yet, the CDC continues to maintain the importance of the vaccine. The fact of the matter is that we will not know the effect these vaccines have on decreasing the incidence of cervical cancer for the next 20 years.

And while we wait, we may be doing more harm than good.

Will you have your son or daughter vaccinated for HPV? Why or why not?

Twyla August 06, 2011 at 11:06 PM
Something that struck me at the TruthAboutGardasil site was this: "There is no known treatment to help these girls... The doctors, if they even admit the connection, have no idea how to help them. So they spend their days going from appointment to appointment, from specialist to specialist trying to find someone to help them. Many of these families have started looking for help outside of mainstream medicine, which in some cases, may bring minor relief. However, most insurance plans do not cover this type of treatment, and as a result, this route is out of reach for many girls." This reminds me so much of what a lot of families who are affected by autism experience. Some are actually helped a lot by alternative practitioners. But mainstream medicine should be doing much more. Instead of the response of, "No proof! Just a coincicence! Anecdotal! Diseases are dangerous! Keep vaccinating!" it would be so much better if the response were, "We have received x # of reports of xyz reactions and we are investigating them to better understand the exact mechanism of injury, why these particular individuals were susceptible, and how we can best treat their medical conditions."
Twyla August 06, 2011 at 11:44 PM
Serotype replacement can occur with viruses as well as with bacteria, so Deborah Kahn's comment is quite relevant. I read your bio, Denise, and I found that we have some common ground. I totally agree with you about use of the Oxford comma. In addition, I would never advise someone about whether to get a certain vaccine. Diseases have risks, and vaccines have risks. IMO it is an individual decision whether to be vaccinated with a certain vaccine, and whether to allow our children to receive a certain vaccine. You seem to respect that people will make their own decisions and think that "that's fine". More common ground. But, I don't like your characterization of accounts of HPV vaccine injury as "urban legends or anecdotal evidence". This is a very strange aspect of today's vaccine debates. It is all too easy for those who don't have first hand experience to dismiss accounts of vaccine injury. Lastly, I'm wondering about something. I may or may not post additional comments. If I don't, should I announce my departure as Denise and Paul did?
Twyla August 07, 2011 at 04:21 AM
To whoever maintains this site - I accidentally clicked on "flag as inappropriate" because the page was still loading and I meant to click on something else! Lorraine's comment is not inappropriate, and please delete my flag and this/my comment.
Twyla August 15, 2011 at 12:14 AM
Another article of interest (in three parts): http://www.ageofautism.com/2010/05/a-license-to-kill-part-1-how-a-publicprivate-partnership-made-the-government-mercks-gardasil-partner.html http://www.ageofautism.com/2010/05/a-license-to-kill-part-2-who-guards-gardasils-guardians.html http://www.ageofautism.com/2010/05/a-license-to-kill-part-3-after-gardasils-launch-more-victims-more-bad-safety-analysis-and-a-revolvin.html
Freda Birrell August 17, 2011 at 11:58 AM
Dear Denise, saw your comment about Jess Ericzon who died in her bathroom. No blood clot was found in her autopsy, in fact no cause of death could be determined. It is so easy to misjudge innocently. I know the parents of this young woman and she died two days after her third shot. If it had been a blood clot then this would have been picked up. However, you make a good point there should be greater care at vaccinating any young girl who is on birth control pills as they do have a chequered history instead of just wildly vaccinating them for the sake of it.

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