Girls and Gardasil – Not a Good Combo

by admin

It was a few years ago that the vaccine Gardasil came to market and began to receive gardasil-logowidespread publicity as health lobbyists pushed for government agencies to offer it to female schoolchildren.  For those who might not recall, Gardasil is a vaccine against Human Papilloma Virus, or HPV – a sexually transmitted disease that in untreated cases, has led to cervical cancer in some cases.

At the time, I didn’t know what to think – the central argument against the vaccinations I was hearing centered around (besides the reported side effects seeming to include girls dying occasionally) vaccinating girls as young as 9 against a disease that they can’t catch unless they are sexually active – and how many 9 year olds are sexually active?  It’s an important thought, but it’s weak.  If it protects down the road, and you don’t know when your daughter is going to become sexually active, it still seems kind of prudent.

You may notice, I don’t have daughters, only sons.  So I don’t have any personal interests at play.  But if you have a daughter or daughters, then you should be aware of these facts about Gardasil and its related vaccines.

1.  They only protect against 4 of 40 different strains of HPV.  That’s 10%.  90% of HPV will still get her.

2.  HPV clears up on its own within 1-2 years. It’s not that serious a problem.

3.  Listen to these quotes from Diane Harper, lead researcher in the development of these vaccines (link goes to a Huffington Post interview with her, not some whacko anti-vaccine website):

Gardasil is associated with serious adverse events, including death. If Gardasil is given to 11 year olds, and the vaccine does not last at least fifteen years, then there is no benefit – and only risk – for the young girl. Vaccinating will not reduce the population incidence of cervical cancer if the woman continues to get Pap screening throughout her life.

Get that?  The person who developed this vaccine believes that there are NO BENEFITS to giving this to a girl under 15!  You know why?  Because the vaccine is only effective for 5 years!  On top of that, she considers regular pap screenings to be so effective that there is no benefit to women who regularly get them AND the vaccine!

But wait.  This woman has more to say.  On the subject of how Gardasil was marketed and lobbied for (keep in mind especially Canadians – this is big pharma lobbying to use YOUR tax dollars to pay for this vaccine!)

Yes, the marketing campaign was designed to incite the greatest fear possible in parents, so that there would be uptake of the vaccine. If parents and girls were told the benefits and harms of Pap screening and HPV vaccines as described above, an informed and valued decision would have been able to be made. Many may have chosen to continue with a lifetime of Pap screening and forgo the vaccines, with the unknowns of duration of efficacy and safety unable to be answered for many more years.”

I am astounded.  If you have daughters, DO NOT LET ANYONE give your child the HPV vaccines.  Think about this: we are demanding the government pay for a vaccine for EVERY GIRL CHILD IN THE COUNTRY so that IF they have unprotected sex between the ages of 9-14 AND they contract one of only 10% of all HPV strains, they MAY be protected from POSSIBLE cervical cancer maybe.


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