I have been skeptical of the medical establishment’s campaign to vaccinate young girls for HPV (human papilloma virus) ever since the TV ads started running a few years ago. The latest disaster resulting from this shot is the near-total vision loss of a 16-year-old girl in the U.K. While the link has not definitively been proven, the teenager was fine before she got the vaccine. Ten days after her second dose, she lost her vision, and it is not clear whether she will regain it. This poor girl may be blinded for life.
Several states now have legislation pending to mandate this vaccine, Gardasil. It actually became law in Texas, but thankfully was overwritten by another bill. However, now another bill in the Texas legislature would allow the state Commissioner of Health and Human Services to make the vaccine a condition of going to school. (By the way, Merck, Gardasil’s manufacturer, was a contributor to Governor Rick Perry’s campaign. What a surprise.)
Statistics show that contracting HPV increases one’s chances of developing cervical cancer. But how long does this vaccine last? The Centers for Disease Control’s Website actually gives this vague answer: “a long time.” What does that mean? Ten years? Twenty years? There is currently no booster, so if the vaccine lasts 10 years, and the average girl gets the vaccine at age 11, she’ll need to get it again at 21. A booster will be developed if research shows it’s needed, but that will just mean exposing women to yet more vaccines.
For the vaccine (which does not protect from all forms of cervical cancer) to be effective, it must be given before a female becomes sexually active. While more girls are having sex at younger ages than in the past, there are still many girls who remain virgins. Mandating a vaccine for an entire population because some girls are sexually active is beyond ludicrous. Parents should be the ones who decide whether and when their daughters receive it.