Leslie Carol Botha: At first glance you might say – hey what? But when you read the article you will understand that this is a CDC grant to educate doctors and parents about the HPV vaccine to increase the uptake – you will say to yourself – how do you spell P-r-o-p-a-g-a-n-d-a? Harsh? I think not. Girls can no longer go to their doctors for medical care and/or advice without being pressured by their caregiver or the nurses in the office to go on synthetic hormones or to get the HPV vaccine. One mother told the story about her 20 year old daughter was vehemently told that she was not leaving the medical office until she got the vaccine. She acquiesced (caved under pressure) and now is dealing with a myriad of illnesses.
I just hear from another mother today – that her daughter is back in the hospital again – 90 time in 2 years. Uncontrolled vomiting. And the problem continues even after doctors told her she need to have her gall bladder out. Well, they had that operation and the vomiting continues. This family is now out of financial resources and the mother has lost her job because of of the time it takes to care for her daughter.
We need answers as to why this is happening – before more girls are ‘forced’ into getting this unnecessary vaccine.
I applaud Jim Bohl for taking the high road on this issue… He may not win the war… but he exposed the battle. Please read all of the comments at the end of the article.
Alderman rips health officials over vaccination grant proposal
By Karen Herzog of the Journal Sentinel
April 18, 2013
Milwaukee alderman attacked local public health officials Thursday, accusing them of being smug and arrogant liars when they came before a Common Council committee for permission to apply for a federal grant to fight a group of cancer-causing, sexually transmitted viruses.
Ald. Jim Bohl, who last year opposed fluoridation of city water, said he was concerned that the $900,000 grant to educate physicians and parents about vaccines aimed at 11- and 12-year-olds to prevent cervical and other cancers caused by human papillomaviruses would tout only the vaccines’ benefits and not warn them about potentially serious side effects.
Health officials dispute whether serious side effects have been linked to the vaccine.
“Heaven forbid, don’t play the tobacco act with us,” Bohl told Milwaukee Health Department officials at one point, accusing local public health officials of lying like the U.S. surgeon general did decades ago when he repeatedly denied there was evidence linking tobacco use to cancer.
“Let’s be honest. It’s a smugness, unfortunately, and an arrogance, to look us in the eye because we’re policy-makers” and say there are no serious adverse reactions to HPV vaccines, Bohl said to public health officials sitting across from him at a table. “I’ve probably done more reading on it than you.”
Paul Biedrzycki, director of disease control and environmental health for the Health Department, apologized to Bohl “if our communication of this comes across as smug.”
Biedrzycki said his own daughter received the HPV vaccine six months after it became available in 2006. “I feel pretty comfortable with my interpretation of the data and science of this.”
Bohl responded that he and his wife chose not to vaccinate their children against HPV.
After spending almost two tense hours on the subject, the Common Council’s public safety committee advanced the grant request by a 3-2 vote for full Common Council consideration.
Bohl made the accusations of arrogance after physician Paul Hunter questioned the credibility of a medical source whom Bohl had cited. Hunter is associate medical director of the Health Department and assistant professor at the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health.
The most common side effects reported from HPV vaccine include fainting, pain and redness at the vaccination site, nausea and headache, according to the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
UW-Madison and the Medical College of Wisconsin would be co-investigators with the city Health Department for the three-year grant, led by Hunter. The Health Department would design educational materials, conduct surveys and analyze vaccination rates, according to the application for funding from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and the CDC.
HPVs are a group of more than 150 related viruses, about 40 of which can easily be spread through direct skin-to-skin contact during vaginal, anal and oral sex.
About 90% of HPV infections go away on their own within two years and cause no harm, but some infections can lead to serious diseases that may not be evident for decades.
“This grant is important in our efforts to save lives, prevent pain and suffering from cancer, and avoid the anxiety from abnormal Pap smears” that screen for cervical cancer, Hunter said.
The goal is to increase HPV vaccination rates from 40% nationally to over 90%, he said.
While parents make medical decisions that determine vaccination rates in children, doctors are the most trusted source of advice about vaccines, Hunter said. “It’s our job in public health to help doctors give clear and understandable recommendations to parents about HPV vaccination.”
Bohl said he wasn’t totally against the work the grant would support; he just wanted to be sure parents were given detailed information about potentially serious side effects and whether the vaccine would provide five years or a lifetime of protection, so their consent and vaccination timing were well-informed.