More Glitches with Gardasil

The Gezondheidsraad (Dutch Health Council advising authorities on health matters) admitted in a position Report on cervical cancer.”…Whether HPV vac­ci­na­tion sat­is­fies the…cri­te­ri­on – that the vac­ci­na­tion should be an ef­fec­tive means of pre­vent­ing the rel­e­vant disease – is harder to say. The vac­cines have been de­vel­oped only re­cent­ly and, because the in­ter­val between HPV in­fec­tion and the de­vel­op­ment of cer­vi­cal cancer av­er­ages about twenty years, there are as yet no data to show whether vac­ci­na­tion leads to a fall in the in­ci­dence of cer­vi­cal cancer…”

Yet a few paragraphs later, the Council states: “As­sess­ment against the cri­te­ria sug­gests that the ad­mis­sion of HPV vac­ci­na­tion to the NIP (National Immunization Program) would be jus­ti­fied.” Accordingly,  a mass vaccination program was undertaken. There was such a furor in the Dutch press about Gardasil earlier this year that intended the vaccination plan failed in large part.watch film Star Wars: The Force Awakens now

A paper “Marketing HPV Vaccine” the JAMA described how Merck, whose sales of Gardasil totaled $1.4 billion last year, provided professional medical societies with gran money the organizations used to develop educational programs promoting the product. “The lectures glossed over questions about the vaccine’s effectiveness and whether booster shots would be needed,” said Dr. Sheila M. Rothman, the paper’s author.

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I quoted another study in the JAMA in my newsletter in which the authors admitted that the analysis was based on imperfect data. An accompanying editorial questioned whether any level or risk is acceptable when inoculating a healthy population against a disease that can be prevented through screening.


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