“That government is best which governs the least, because its people discipline themselves.” (Thomas Jefferson)
A February 3, 2007 article in the Washington Post reports:
“The National Vaccine Information Center yesterday warned state officials to investigate the safety of a breakthrough cancer vaccine as Texas became the first state to make the vaccine mandatory for school-age girls.”
How proud the governor of Texas must be! To be the first to enact a mass poisoning of little girls throughout his state! The commercials for this vaccine show all these women proudly holing up their index finger and proclaiming “One less.” “One less”??? One less what? One less little girl who will have a chance of a normal life, a normal birth, a normal baby? The CDC assures us that the adverse effects are not bad enough to warrant them putting any sort of ban on this drug. Well, that’s reassuring – not!
Already cases are being reported of side-effects that range from unconsciousness to seizures! And they are recommending this for 6th grade girls! Actually, recommending is too gentle a term. They are forcing this on these little girls!
Yes, HPV is a bad thing. But this vaccination, Gardasil, has not been tested long enough, and there is no concrete evidence that it will work, or that it is harmless. How do we know what this will do to their young reproductive organs? How do we know how it will affect their children, or possibly even their grandchildren? The truth is, we do NOT know.
Apparently Merck feels confident that most of these young girls will become sexually active (or, God forbid, are already sexually active) and therefore need to be protected against themselves.
Yes, I know that the potential is there. It’s always there. But it’s a known risk, unlike vaccinations that compromise immune systems. We’ve already seen widespread evidence that vaccinations can cause serious problems, such as autism. (And if you don’t believe it, read the fine print on those little sheets they hand you when you take your child in to be immunized.) But that doesn’t matter to the Big Money Makers at Merck. As long as they can find a way to get their product out there, then they’re happy. For now. What’s next? I shudder to consider.
Enough of my soapboxing. Here is a news bulletin that was posted on Mother Magazine’s Website:
A Shot in the Dark
Sick of the aggressive, targeted marketing onslaught of often inappropriate goods and services aimed at pre-teens? One of the latest “products” directed at young girls might make them sick too—literally. Merck’s new vaccine Gardasil, which the CDC has just recommended for all 11 and 12 year old girls, has not been adequately or appropriately assessed for risks, according to vaccine safety advocates.
The National Vaccine Information Center (NVIC) maintains that Merck’s clinical trials did not prove that the human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine, touted as preventing cervical cancer and genital warts, is safe to give to pre-adolescents. “There is too little long term safety and efficacy data, especially in young girls, and too little labeling information on contraindications,” said NVIC president Barbara Loe Fisher.
According to NVIC’s June 27 press release, in Gardasil’s clinical trials, the FDA allowed Merck to use a potentially reactive aluminum containing placebo as a control for most participants, rather than a non-reactive saline solution placebo.1 A reactive placebo can artificially increase the appearance of safety of an experimental drug or vaccine in a clinical trial. Gardasil contains 225 mcg of aluminum and, although aluminum adjuvants have been used in vaccines for decades, they were never tested for safety in clinical trials. Merck and the FDA did not disclose how much aluminum was in the placebo. 2
Animal and human studies have shown that aluminum can cause nerve cell death 3 and that vaccine aluminum adjuvants can allow aluminum to enter the brain,4 5as well as cause inflammation at the injection site leading to chronic joint and muscle pain and fatigue.6 7 Nearly 90 percent of Gardasil recipients and 85 percent of aluminum placebo recipients followed-up for safety reported one or more adverse events within 15 days of vaccination, particularly at the injection site.8 Pain and swelling at injection site occurred in approximately 83 percent of Gardasil and 73 percent of aluminum placebo recipients. About 60 percent of those who got Gardasil or the aluminum placebo had systemic adverse events including headache, fever, nausea, dizziness, vomiting, diarrhea, and myalgia.9 10 Gardasil recipients had more serious adverse events such as headache, gastroenteritis, appendicitis, pelvic inflammatory disease, asthma, bronchospasm and arthritis.
Gardasil is the first childhood vaccine to exclusively target girls. The HPV vaccine is also the first to be credited with preventing cancer, a claim hyped in Merck’s multi-channel marketing campaign “Tell Someone.” In fact, even the types of HPV billed “high risk” rarely actually result in cancer; the immune system generally removes the virus before it causes problems. Also, in the rare instances where it does occur, cervical cancer usually takes five to ten years to develop. Prior to cancer, HPV causes the growth of tell-tale abnormal cells, which can be detected by a Pap smear. Upon detection, the disease can be easily cured by minor surgery to remove the abnormal cells. Therefore, a woman who gets regular Pap smears every one to three years is almost 100% protected from cervical cancer—with no need for an expensive, potentially problematic, under tested vaccine. Cervical cancer accounts for only about one percent of all cancer deaths in US women.
Health and Human Services is expected to approve the CDC recommendation—meaning Gardasil will be routinely administered to all 11 and 12 year old girls. The vaccine has also received CDC approval for sale and marketing to girls and women ages nine to 26. At $120 a pop, the three required doses of Gardasil will earn Merck $360 per consumer. With over 35 million US girls and women between the ages of 9 and 26, recommended administration of Gardasil could mean over 12 billion dollars for the drug company. Merck is currently fighting more than 11,500 lawsuits related to another of their drugs, Vioxx, which is also plagued by controversy surrounding false data on its safety.
I think that pretty much covers it. I’m not just paranoid. There is serious reason to take issue with this vaccine. Never mind that it can do way more damage than good. Never mind that this vaccine is being manufactured and promoted by a company with a history of lies. How about the fact that yet again, the government has found a way to take more control over our children? Or that they assume that all these little girls will be sexually active, and immoral? What about Parental Rights?
Children of God for Life has an entire website devoted to links on the topic. Gardasil – Get the Facts. I have to agree wholeheartedly. Yes, I know that raising your children to remain pure until marriage is not a guarantee that they will abstain from all sexual activity until the honeymoon. That doesn’t make this vaccine or any mandate thereof, acceptable. Parents must be the ultimate decision-makers for their children’s wellbeing. NOT the state.
Oh, that’s right, I forgot. Hilary Clinton explained to us that “It takes a village to raise a child.” Well, I didn’t see any village raising her daughter! And they’re sure as heck not going to touch mine.