Thursday, June 7, 2007

HPV Vaccine Causes Adverse Reactions - Mandatory Vaccination Attempts In States' Legislatures Falls By The Wayside

Looks like saner heads prevailed here in CT.. the bill requiring mandatory HPV vaccines for teens enrolled in public school died in CT. But here is a very interesting story and contains the facts that I blogged about previously.

Judicial Watch reports 3 deaths caused by HPV vaccine.

Report in the Waterbury Republican American in CT:

Gardasil Miracle Turns to Ashes
In February, when the world was declaring Gardasil a miracle drug and state legislatures, including Connecticut's, were rushing to require Gardasil shots for girls entering the sixth grade as a prophylactic against human papillomavirus and cervical cancer, we urged caution for many reasons, among them the unpredictable side effects.

Documents about Gardasil's adverse reactions "read like a catalog of horrors," says Judicial Watch, which recently pried them out of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration's files. As of May 11, 1,637 girls and women reported reactions ranging from rashes and dizziness to seizures, miscarriages and paralysis.

In addition, the FDA documents show the vaccine caused three deaths from blood clots and heart disease, though public-health advocates who are pushing the Gardasil mandate deny any connection. They also note the number of girls and women who suffered serious or fatal reactions is a small fraction of the number who have been vaccinated. But in sue-crazy America, each serious adverse reaction to a government-mandated shot would cost taxpayers millions in punitive and compensatory damages.

As it is, the vaccine's effect on cervical-cancer rates is expected to be minimal. The New England Journal of Medicine recently reported that by suppressing two of the more than 100 known HPVs, Gardasil creates an opportunity for other strains to flourish.

Moreover, just 2.2 percent of all girls and women 14 to 59 are at risk of contracting the two most dangerous HPVs. But only those who combine their infection with other risk factors, such as tobacco use, poor personal hygiene, the condition of their immune systems, the frequency with which they change sex partners and the number of children they've had, will come down with cervical cancer. Among teens and women in their early 20s, cervical cancer is extremely rare. Teens increase their risk by having sex or taking birth-control pills; they eliminate it through abstinence.

A more cost-effective way of preventing cervical cancer is through pap smears, which detect pre-cancerous cells and have reduced the cervical-cancer death rate by 75 percent. They cost just $60 compared with $360 for Gardasil, with all its dangers, uncertainties and moral consequences.

Thankfully, proposed Gardasil mandates are falling by the wayside, leaving the decision on whether sixth-graders should be vaccinated where it belongs: the family.