Friday, October 30, 2009

In The News: Gardasil Researcher Drops A Bombshell

A couple of years ago, I wrote about my concerns with the Gardasil vaccine: Shoot First... ask questions later? In that post I noted some of my concerns, one of which being:

Am I confident enough in just 5 years of studies to allow my daughter to be used as a test case in Ontario? (Twenty years from now the girls being immunized today, will be for the most part, nameles research stats - except for the ones that had serious adverse reactions, and their names along with their ages and every other documentable detail about them, will be well known among at least the medical community - and they'll be filed into the "extremely rare" side affects category)

Imagine then my non-surprise when I read the headline yesterday that said

"Gardasil Researcher Drops A Bombshell"

According to this article, lead US researcher Dr. Diane Harper (director of the Gynecologic Cancer Prevention Research Group at the University of Missouri and a consultant to the World Health Organization) while giving an address in Reston VA earlier this month at the 4th International Public Conference on Vaccination was quoted as saying

"There have been no efficacy trials in girls under 15 years" and regarding the JAMA report on safety of the vaccine was quoted as saying "The rate of serious adverse events [from the vaccine] is greater than the incidence rate of cervical cancer."

Just two months ago Dr. Harper told CBS news "enough serious side effects have been reported after Gardasil use that the vaccine could prove riskier than the cervical cancer it purports to prevent." (source)

According to this article:

To date, 15,037 girls have officially reported adverse side effects from Gardasil to the Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System (VAERS). These adverse reactions include Guilliane Barre, lupus, seizures, paralysis, blood clots, brain inflammation and many others. The CDC acknowledges that there have been 44 reported deaths.

So in just three short years, a drug that has not been yet proven effective at reducing the rate of cervical cancer, (according to this article, Merck, the manufacturer of Gardasil, studied only a small group of girls under 16 who had been vaccinated, but did not follow them long enough to conclude sufficient presence of effective HPV antibodies) a drug that many parents are giving their girls permission to get, has already claimed the lives of 44. That's more than one fatality a month, every month for the last 3 years, since the drug was introduced to the public. I'd be willing to wager not one of the parents of one of those girls who died, had any idea the potential serious side affects were that serious, and were assured that the serious side affects were rare. I suppose out of the estimated millions of vaccines given that only 44 deaths is considered rare, but there are 44 families that quite likely don't see it that way.

I believe the concerns I raised two years ago were quite valid, in light of the information now coming out.

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