Scene: A doctor’s office.
Doctor: We’d like to give your daughter this vaccine. She has a 50% chance of experiencing side effects from regular headaches to nerve damage, and even death.
Parent: That sounds a little ominous. What are the benefits?
Doctor: Well, the truth is, we don’t know.
Parent: What do you mean you don’t know?
Doctor: Well, the vaccine might prevent two of the strains that might cause 70% of cervical cancer. Then again, it might not. You see, cervical cancer takes decades to develop, and this vaccine’s longest trials were about 4 years. Also, it wasn’t tested in girls as young as your daughter.
Parent: Why on earth would I let my daughter be a guinea pig for this?
That, in a nutshell, sums up the HPV vaccine.
I’m generally pretty quiet about vaccines. I’ve only posted about our non-vaccinating status once, and I rarely mention it in other posts. However, the HPV vaccine is the one that makes me want to email – even call – all of my friends who have girls going into middle school and say, “Please don’t give your children this vaccine!” I actually did call one of my best friends, saying if they ever wanted her daughter to get this vaccine, to call me. Last night she texted me for information. It was all I could do, when including links to all of the evidence that this vaccine is off the charts terrible, to not say, “Please please please don’t do this to C.”
It sounds crazy, right?
Then, you look at the data.
Let’s start with VAERS – the Vaccine Adverse Events Reporting System. Since the Supreme Court deemed vaccines “unavoidably unsafe”, VAERS was created by the National Childhood Vaccine Injury Act to track reports of health events that occur after a vaccine is given. However, even the VAERS site admits that underreporting is an issue. What I have read is that only about 10% of reactions make it into VAERS.
HPV VACCINE VAERS REPORTS UP TO JULY 2013
Did Not Recover: 6,085
Abnormal Pap Smear: 534
Cervical Dysplasia: 216
Cervical Cancer: 65
Life Threatening: 566
Emergency Room: 10,626
Extended Hospital Stay: 235
Adverse Events: 30,674
That’s 30,674 adverse events, including 140 deaths. Remember, that’s about 10% of all actual events, meaning that over 300,000 events may have actually occurred. Unfortunately, I can’t find good numbers about how many series have actually been given. (The HPV vaccine requires three shots. Anecdotally, many people seem to experience side effects after the first shot and decide not to chance finishing the series.)
So, let’s turn to Japan, where over HALF of all women vaccinated with the HPV vaccine have reported side effects. In fact, the Japanese government has withdrawn support for the vaccine.
The Japanese Health Ministry issued a nationwide notice that cervical cancer vaccinations, GlaxoSmithKlein’s Cervarix and Merck’s Gardasil, should no longer be recommended for girls aged 12 to 16 because of the reported adverse reactions.
The vaccine’s victims are urging the government to stop it altogether. According to one doctor, who has examined several of the vaccine’s victims:
“Cervical cancer vaccines, which are chemically bound to special types of adjuvants, often trigger encephalomyelitis,” he said.
“Since the vaccines cause autoantibodies against the brain’s neuronal fibers to be produced in many cases, they have triggered demyelinating disorders,” he said, adding they have also induced many cases of cerebral vasculitis.
Cerebral vasculitis causes the body’s immune system to attack blood vessels in the brain, often leading to hemorrhaging, said Sato, who runs a hospital in Osaki, Miyagi Prefecture.
“Demyelinating disorders” essentially means nerve damage. Myelin coats nerves. When that coating “comes off,” for lack of a better term (a process called demyelinization), very painful nerve damage occurs. How do I know? One of the side effects reported with this vaccine? CRPS: Complex Regional Pain Syndrome. I know a little bit about that disorder. I don’t think I would wish it on my worst enemy. I’m lucky (and I have a blog post planned about this) because I can still function. Most people with CRPS can’t. I’m not exaggerating. The coating doesn’t come back, in case you were wondering.
And what good, exactly, does this vaccine do?
We really don’t know.
The vaccine was licensed in 2007. The longest trials were 4 years. It may take 15 years or more to develop cancer. So, we won’t know for at least that long as to whether or not the vaccine prevents cervical cancer. Note that even the vaccine’s ads don’t claim that Gardasil and Cervarix (the brand names) prevent cervical cancer. They state that the vaccine prevents four strains of HPV, two of which may cause as much as 70% of cervical cancers.
However, in most people, HPV is totally benign. It’s not going to develop into anything. In the US, only about 10,000 women per year develop cervical cancer, and 4,000 die. Pap smears have been incredibly helpful in reducing cervical cancer. You can find more information about all of that in the Global Concerns About HPV Vaccine Fact Sheet. In fact, almost any unbiased article about the HPV vaccine will quote those statistics.
Little known fact: If a person already has HPV and gets the vaccine, then the vaccine can actually cause cancer.
One of the vaccine’s developers, Dr. Diane M. Harper, is critical of using the vaccine in young girls. She has stated that the vaccine was not tested in young girls and is not intended for them.* In an NPR interview, Harper also noted that we don’t know for how long the vaccine is effective. Thus, vaccinating children at ages 11 and 12 may not last more than 5 years. So, by the time they’re sexually active, the vaccine has worn off.
In addition, young girls are not usually tested for HPV before they receive the vaccine. One need not be sexually active to contract HPV; a pregnant woman can pass HPV on to her child during delivery.
Recently, the CDC released a study of the HPV vaccine. The CDC claimed that the study showed that the vaccine was effective. Once you actually look at the data, however, you see that effectiveness was not at all proven. In fact, HPV infection went up in some groups. And, speaking of manipulating statistics, here’s more about how the mainstream media reported what the CDC wanted everyone to hear, instead of what was actually demonstrated.
I could provide dozens of links to the testimonials of young women whose lives were ruined by the HPV vaccine. Here are just a few:
- Gardasil Injured
- How safe is the cervical cancer jab? Five teenagers reveal their alarming stories
- Our Family’s Roller Coaster Ride, Courtesy of Gardasil
- 16-Year-Old Girl Becomes Infertile After Gardisal HPV Vaccine: Loses All Ovarian Function, Goes Into Menopause
And let us not forget that this vaccine has killed people. Yes, so has cervical cancer. But we don’t know that this vaccine prevents cervical cancer. We really don’t know that this vaccine prevents anything!
And that’s what makes me so angry. It’s like this vaccine is being used as a proof of concept: Can we create a vaccine that prevents cancer? But to prove the concept, the vaccine was fast-tracked, and now our children are being used as guinea pigs.
Most of the time, when it comes to vaccines, I’ll just say, “Educate before you vaccinate.” But for this one vaccine, I implore you, please do not get this vaccine for your children.
* What Your Doctor May Not Tell You About Children’s Vaccinations, Dr. Stephanie Cave