This is the question that has been floating around all pro-vaccine, safe-vaccination and anti-vaccination groups for a very, very long time. Today, I am going to prove, at least with one vaccine, if it is safe or not. The proof is in the numbers that I received and researched through the VAERS (Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System.)
First, the CDC (Centers for Disease Control) published a report about vaccination coverage in the United States. http://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/preview/mmwrhtml/mm5836a2.htm The title of this report is “National, State, and Local Area Vaccination Coverage Among Adolescents Aged 13–17 Years — United States, 2008” and it was published on September 18, 2009 / 58(36);997-1001.
Within this report it gave the percentages in regards to how many teens in the 13–17 year old range were vaccinated with the HPV vaccine Gardasil. “For HPV4, 37.2% of adolescent females had initiated the vaccination series (=1 dose) in 2008, compared with 25.1% in 2007, and 17.9% of females had received =3 doses.”
I went to the US Census to find the population numbers for this age group but they were not available so I did the next best thing to get an approximate number. I used the age group of 15–19 year olds. This was the closest I could get to the needed population numbers. This is what I found.
There were in the age group of 15–19 year olds 10,466,821 for 2007 and 10,487,094 for 2008.
These girls received at least 1 dose.
25.1% — 2007 = 2,632,261
37.2% — 2008 = 3,901,199
Total = 6,533,460
What makes this interesting is the fact that 17.9% for 2007 and 2008 received all three doses.
17.9% = 1,877,190
This is interesting because if you subtract the total of girls receiving all three doses from those that received at least or more than one dose you end up with 4,656,270 that never finished the regimen for Gardasil.
Now I understand that some could have and I stress could have discontinued getting the shot for financial reasons considering that the shot costs $120 + the doctor’s office visit. This is pretty steep for a vaccination. But, still 4,656,270 is a huge number not to have finished.
I want to bring to your attention a little known fact here in regards to these numbers. The 4,656,270 is 71.3% of the total vaccinated. Why is this important you wonder? This falls in line with the stats found in the Closeout document presented to the FDA about Gardasil in September of 2008. You see in this document there is a section called “New Medical Conditions” and under that header it states that 73.3% of the participants had a new medical condition. Now these could be anything from pain at the injection site to migraines, seizures, etc. The list is huge. You can find this information in my article dated December 4, 2008, Gardasil trials update — “New Medical Conditions” http://www.renewamerica.com/columns/janak/081204
After I saw these numbers I wondered what the difference was in VAERS reports pre-Gardasil and post-Gardasil. This took me several hours to get all the sorting done and work the percentages. When I was finished I sat back and pondered my findings. I became so angry at what I found that I had to get away from the data to calm down.
This is what I found: