by Marcia G. Yerman
December 23, 2009
Throughout my examination of the Gardasil vaccine, there has been a steady flow of information, disinformation, and new developments. In my opening article, I wrote about the mandatory ruling in July of 2008 by the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) that would require all female green card applicants and immigrants between the ages of 11-26 to receive the Gardasil vaccine. As of December 14, 2009, that ruling was reversed.
In the larger conversation, perhaps no one professional has been quoted, and misquoted, more frequently than Dr. Diane Harper. The recipient of a Masters Degree in Public Health, Dr. Harper is a Professor and Vice-Chair of Research at the University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Medicine, specializing in Community and Family Medicine, Obstetrics and Gynecology, Bioinformatics and Personalized Medicine.
I first contacted Dr. Harper in September 2009 to get a primer on the Gardasil vaccine, and to gain insight into the issues that were being raised about the marketing and the safety of the vaccine. In addition to the questions that I raised this month with Dr. Harper, I asked her to contribute a statement that would clearly elucidate her point of view in her own words. She sent me what follows via e-mail.
“The most important point that I have always said from day one, is that the use of this vaccine must be done with informed consent and complete disclosure of the benefits and harms of Pap screening and HPV vaccines. The decision to be vaccinated must be the woman’s (or parent’s if it is for a young child), and not the physician’s or any board of health, as the vaccination contains personal risk that only the person can value.”
Comment from Leslie
Interesting mainstream article to allay concerns about the dangers of this vaccine. Let’s keep in mind Dr. Harper’s position on all of this. To come out against this vaccine would be professional suicide (not to mention any other threats from the men in black)…and besides there is not enough evidence to warrant that – from the mainstream perspective.
Ask any parent however, whose lost a daughter or whose daughter is now severely injured and they will tell you a different story. As I would as well.
This vaccine will come off the market and then mainstream journalists will sing a different song – and get away with it – just like weather forecasters who predict a sunny day and it rains for a week.