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"The FDA adverse event reports on the HPV vaccine read like a catalog of horrors,” stated Judicial Watch President Tom Fitton. “Any state or local government now beset by Merck’s lobbying campaigns to mandate this HPV vaccine for young girls ought to take a look at these adverse health reports. It looks as if an unproven vaccine with dangerous side effects is being pushed as a miracle drug.”

Please read the whole article if you or a loved one is even considering the vaccination.

x-posted to ahavah, alternparents, doulas, & naturalfamily


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May. 31st, 2007 02:41 pm (UTC)
I don't believe it, as the source is 100% not credible.
That organization was founded as a front for right-wingers to attcak Bill Clinton, and has continued to involve itself in things like the Terry Schaivo case, work with the PNAC to force the first George Bush election, attempts to use legal trickery to prevent Democratic fillibusters of Republican judicial nominees, and the like.
They're directly linked to the groups that tried to stop the vaccine from ever being allowed and now from being widely used because it would "promote sexual prmiscuity."
If outside sources from the medical community can be found, I'll apologize.
By for right now, a group of right wine mouthpieces who'd rather see women DIE than have sex outside their idea of "marriage" making unfounded allegations carries little weight with me.
May. 31st, 2007 10:53 pm (UTC)
Was it really necessary to follow my post around everywhere? This is obviously a strong subject for you, but I have seen NUMEROUS articles and reports that seem downright scary. I'm sorry you don't like Judicial Watch, but I'd expect every parent to do their own research. Hopefully a post like this would encourage that. There are many, many other sources that lend credible concerns regarding these vaccines, and I still encourage everyone to read MANY MANY articles and reports on the subject before they choose any vaccine, but especially this one.

Someone else shared many more links from various sources here. It's always important to look at several sources, and just because you find one distasteful doesn't mean that the subject matter should be discarded entirely.
May. 31st, 2007 03:17 pm (UTC)
I'm a medical editor, and just went over the Gardasil adverse event report with one of my medical writer colleagues (link to the full reports was on the bottom of the page you linked to). The dates of the events go back to spring of last year, indicating that the FDA was aware of the possible risks before it granted approval of the drug, and deemed them "acceptable" (ie, when taken in the context of the more than 1600 individual reports listed, 3 deaths equals a less than 1% chance of death overall). 8% of the more than 1600 reports indicated "serious" AEs (such as Guillain-Barre syndrome, an autoimmune disease that affects the central nervous system), and that is a bit more worrying to me.

Just to note: two of the three reported deaths occurred from thrombosis (blood clots) - a risk also determined "acceptable" with oral contraceptives.

It's a shame that any young people died, at all - but in the harsh business of medicine, it can and does happen on a regular basis. Vaccines can hurt some people, but it doesn't mean that they don't help many others.
May. 31st, 2007 03:21 pm (UTC)
And a correction - G-B Syndrome affects the peripheral (not central) nervous system. It's still not cool.
May. 31st, 2007 03:33 pm (UTC)
Re: Guillain-Barre ... it affects the peripheral nervous system then why do people have to be put on ventilators?

I don't care if it affected 50 or 50,000, I appreciate you sharing the information, ahaveh. And when are they going to come out with a vaccine for little 5th grade boys? since males carry and pass on HPV, too?
May. 31st, 2007 03:40 pm (UTC)
Re: Guillain-Barre ... it affects the peripheral nervous system then why do people have to be put on ventilators?

Because it can cause extreme weakness/paralysis of the muscles, including those used to breathe. You can read about it on the National Institutes of Health page devoted to the subject, here.

The comment about 5th grade boys is a whole 'nother issue, and one which I agree with.
May. 31st, 2007 03:45 pm (UTC)
Garadasil and the other pending vaccines for different strains of HPV are being tested on males, but since it's virtually impossible currently to test asymptomatic males for the virus once they've been sexually active it's harder to prove efficiacy and safety in tests with men.

There's plenty of info out there about efforts to get the vaccine working for men & now that there's evidence of HPV causing oral cancer you can bet more guys will be pushing for it. Sad that it takes that, but there you go.
May. 31st, 2007 10:59 pm (UTC)
I know. I'm more concerned about why they're pushing it so gung-ho, when it seems to still be a very questionable drug. To make it mandatory seems irresponsible and potentially dangerous.

And thank you. Apparently I started quite the brouhaha in the other communities with this. I didn't realize people had such strong reactions to the subject.
May. 31st, 2007 10:55 pm (UTC)
I realize vaccines can be helpful, and I wouldn't castigate anyone who chose that route for their family. I have many concerns about the vaccine, many stemming from the fact that the government is pushing it and trying to make it mandatory when there are many valid concerns, and it's still a very new drug.
Jun. 1st, 2007 12:08 am (UTC)
Ah - I was responding specifically to the raw data in the adverse event reports themselves, not to whether it's appropriate for Gardasil to be pushed as a mandatory vaccine (for the record, I think it is *not*). My point was just that the number of reported serious AEs and deaths fall within statistical acceptability for FDA approval. I don't know much about Judicial Watch, but the linked report seemed a bit hysterical ("catalog of horrors," etc.), which is why I went to the source material to check it out for myself. :-)

The HPV vaccine IS a very hot button topic, which is why you got so much (undeserved, IMO) brouhaha.
May. 31st, 2007 05:04 pm (UTC)
It would be amazing if this vaccine does work, but I was a bit scepticle of it when I first heard about it. It is scary to make it a mandatory vaccine when it hasn't been around a long time. There are so many variables involved. Hopefully it ends up helping a whole lot more than hurting!
May. 31st, 2007 10:56 pm (UTC)
scary to make it a mandatory vaccine when it hasn't been around a long time.

My thoughts exactly. Especially since I've read a lot of negative reports.
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May. 31st, 2007 10:57 pm (UTC)
I really question their motives. It's just too young, and still really questionable. Why should they push it on young girls like that?
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Jun. 1st, 2007 01:08 pm (UTC)
Please don't apologize! I appreciate your comments and agree with you whole-heartedly.

I believe Texas and Virginia made it mandatory, and I know a lot of states were considering it. It seems people are really trying to push it, which is what has me concerned. I still wouldn't let my girls get the chicken pox vaccine because I feel it's just too new, but that's just me. I think pushing a vaccine against and on young girls is just wrong to begin with, but especially when it doesn't cover every strain, and especially since the actual incidences of cancer from hpv seem low.
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