THE NEW HPV VACCINE – Miracle or Menace?

Vaccine Awareness Network

Gardasil and Cervarix – The Cervical Cancer Vaccines

Human Papilloma Virus is what doctors believe is responsible for triggering cervical cancer in women, some forms of genital warts and vulval intraepithelial neoplasia (VIN). A new experimental vaccine called Gardasil is being developed against 4 types of HPV, 2 of which are thought to cause 70% of cervical cancers.

However, HPV is extremely common and is present in upto 80% of people by the time they are 50, and it rarely develops into cancer. Cancer will only develop if the person is already in a state of dis-ease.

‘HPV, by itself, does not kill anyone. According to the Daily, 5,000 people die of HPV each year. However, according to the National Institute of Health (NIH), this is the number of women who die from cervical cancer in the United States. Also, there are over 100 strains of HPV, 30 of which are transmitted sexually, and only two of which are pre-cancerous. It is only those two strains that are responsible for most cases of cervical cancer….but that rate for cancer is actually very low.’ ( Letter to the Stanford Daily, February 10, 2006).

What Is VIN?

As a woman who has suffered since the age of 12 with a vulval pain syndrome, I myself was recently suspected of having VIN, which is a pre-cancer of the vulva. After living with my vulval disorder for 17 years, and reading everything I can about these conditions, I can tell you that VIN isn’t cancer. It is simply abnormal cells in the vulva which MAY potentially develop into cancer.

According to the Vulval Pain Society, ‘We use the word pre-cancer, NOT because the cells are cancerous or you have cancer, but because the cells MAY (or MAY NOT) develop into cancer over a period of years. The exact relationship between VIN and vulval cancer remains unknown because so few studies have been done…..Very little is known about women with VIN I or II. The VPS has recently been contacted by a vulval pain sufferer whose consultant gynaecologist told her that, according to new research, neither VIN I nor VIN II exist. We hope to post further research findings..’

The most common form of treatment for this is to do nothing and wait and see, as most people with abnormal findings do not develop cancer.

It hardly seems worth having a vaccine, with these incredibly low risks.

The cancer vaccine that GIVES you cancer

The new vaccine was tested on both males and females, but is expected to be used primarily against cervical cancer. Five women involved in the tests, gave birth to children with birth defects, as they were vaccinated near to conception of their babies. The plan is to vaccinate girls aged 9 to 12 who are not yet sexually active, but the FDA is also considering recommendations of whether to give the vaccine to 13-26 year old’s. If the vaccine is given to this age group, there is no guarantee that should a pregnancy occur, the foetus would not develop birth defects and abnormalities.

There have also been no long term studies into fertility and whether or not vaccinating young girls with HPV would have any affect on their future ability to have children.

Another concern the FDA have is that the vaccine may pre-dispose women to cancer if they already have traces of HPV in their body (as most people do!).

Also, the vaccine is only meant for 4 types of HPV, and there are many other types the vaccine does not cover, which can still cause disease. I can imagine this being a useful excuse for doctors in the event of vaccine caused cancer. They could simply say that the jab didn’t protect against the strain of cancer you’ve got, rather than admitting the jab had pre-disposed you to getting it.

“If it works, it’s great; if it has side effects we don’t yet know about, it could be bad,” said Dr. George Davis, a physician at the Callan Family Care Center in Copake, “Although it has been tested for FDA approval, we sometimes don’t know all of the side effects until a certain amount of time has passed,” he said. (indenews.com).

Other side-effects reported are: Pain (83.9%), swelling (25.4%), erythema (24.6%), fever (10.3%) and pruritis (3.1%).

The Merck press release where I obtained details of side-effects, also states that ‘GARDASIL is contraindicated in individuals who are hypersensitive to the active substances or to any of the excipients of the vaccine’, but failed to state on this particular release, what those ingredients are. Most parents, as a general rule, do not think to ask for a list of the ingredients prior to their children being vaccinated, so it would not be known if a child was contraindicated until after the event.

Basically they will be testing on the nation’s daughters, without adequate knowledge of the possible sequelae that could arise from that.

There are also suggestions of targeting black African women, on account of them having a slightly higher rate of cervical cancer. It seems reminiscent to the Hepatitis B vaccine campaigns of the 1970’s on black and gay people, after which AIDS swept through these communities.

I searched for manufacturer’s information on the drug and managed to find the following from Hall Health Primary Care Center in Seattle, USA:

Ingredients: The main ingredients are purified inactive proteins that come from HPV Types 6, 11, 16 and 18. The vaccine also contains amorphous aluminum hydroxyphosphate sulfate, sodium chloride, L-histidine, polysorbate 80, sodium borate, and water for injection.

Effectiveness: The length of vaccine protection (immunity) is usually not known when a vaccine is first introduced. So far, studies have found that vaccinated persons are protected for five years. More research is being done to find out how long protection will last, and if a booster dose of vaccine will be needed.

Contraindications (reasons you should not have the vaccine):

Who should not receive the HPV vaccine?

Anyone who:

· is allergic to any components of the vaccine

· has an allergic reaction after getting a dose of the vaccine

What are other possible reasons that patients cannot receive this vaccine?

It is very important that patients let their provider know if they have had any of the following before receiving the HPV vaccine:

· allergic reaction to the vaccine

· bleeding disorder such that the patient cannot receive vaccines in the arm

· weakened immune system

· pregnant or planning pregnancy

· current illness with a fever greater than 100 degrees Fahrenheit

Just Who Owns Your Child’s Body?

Your child herself and you as parental guardian, or the government?
Doctors at Brown Medical School, Miriam Hospital, US, are pushing for HPV vaccines to be mandated.

‘”Parental consent ought to be waived for HPV vaccination as it is for other sexually transmitted infection-related health care.” (The Lancet, Infectious Diseases, July 2005).

No further explanation as to why is offered.

Does the Vaccine Even Work?

As well as heightening the risk of cancer in women with HPV already present in their bodies, the CDC say that tests show the vaccine will ‘protect’ for just 4 years. No long-term results are known yet. This means repeat doses will be needed regularly throughout adult life. The initial vaccination is also not just one shot, but three, given over a period of 6 months, so this whole course would have to be done again after the 4 years was up.

The CDC state that:
‘The vaccine only prevents infection but cannot prevent the disease once a person is already infected. They urged women to remain vigilant. “The vaccine should not take the place of a yearly exam and pap smear,”

As the Hall Health Primary Care Center stated, they don’t know if the vaccine works and even if it did, only for a maximum of 5 years.

Men also carry HPV and can pass it onto others through sexual contact, so there is a question mark over whether they should be vaccinated too.

There are also ethical dilemmas over whether gynaecologists or paediatricians should be administering the shots since the vaccine is aimed at girls not yet sexually active.

Many paediatricians are uneasy about injecting a vaccine for cervical cancer and sexually transmitted genital warts, into children.

So the plan is to vaccinate your daughter by force with a jab whose side-effects are unknown, that has caused birth defects in clinical trials and that has the potential to pre-dispose her to cancer, with absolutely no regard for choice or whether parental consent has been given, and without even accurate indication or long term studies to suggest it even works.

Why would the medical profession take such risks?

Certainly not for your daughter’s benefit!

Jean Stephenne, vaccines head at GlaxoSmithKline PLC, said he was particularly excited by experimental vaccines to prevent infection by the human papilloma virus (HPV) that causes cervical cancer.
Both Merck and GSK have HPV vaccines in development that will compete in a market that Stephenne estimated would eventually be worth some $3 billion pounds a year. His company takes a 24% share of the $6.5 billion a year global vaccine industry.

Most of this money is being fuelled by new combination jabs, such as the 5-in-1, and new jabs for adolesants and adults, such as flu shots and the new HPV vaccine. (Reuters, Ben Hirschler, European Pharmaceuticals Correspondent).

They stand to make a LOT of profit from your child, even if that shot carries risks, they are risks the drug companies don’t mind making.
The question is, do YOU?

Update To Article – 6th May 2008

The FDA’s VAERS database now shows more than 1,637 adverse events associated with the vaccine since it was introduced to the US in June 2006. This figure is just for America and does not include UK adverse reactions. Of these, there were 371 serious adverse reactions and 3 deaths.
In one report, a girl died just three hours after getting a Gardasil vaccine when she developed a blood clot. Two other girls, aged 12 and 19 also died after vaccination when they developed blood clotting and heart problems.

Other serious reports included paralysis, Bell’s Palsy, Guillain-Barre Syndrome and seizures. Of 42 pregnant women who were vaccinated, 18 of them developed complications, mainly miscarriages, and one gave birth to a deformed baby. Indeed, during the clinical trials of the vaccine, 5 women who got pregnant within 30 days of having the vaccine, gave birth to children with abnormalities.

In the UK there have also been two girls die within hours of having the jab, bringing into question its safety.

Editors Comment: What if a teenager or young woman has the vaccine and then gets pregnant? Surely this is a medical timebomb waiting to happen, just like with thalidomide?

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Author: Leslie Carol Botha

Author, publisher, radio talk show host and internationally recognized expert on women's hormone cycles. Social/political activist on Gardasil the HPV vaccine for adolescent girls. Co-author of "Understanding Your Mood, Mind and Hormone Cycle." Honorary advisory board member for the Foundation for the Study of Cycles and member of the Society for Menstrual Cycle Research.