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Correction for Gardasil Blog 117 from AHRP

Monday, November 30th, 2009

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Please note that some of the conclusions (value judgments) that were made in the Infomail re: Gardasil, http://www.ahrp.org/cms/content/view/642/9/ should NOT be attributed to Dr. Diane Harper, whose presentation at the International Public Conference on Vaccination, was more nuanced than the Philadelphia Bulletin reported. Dr. Harper presented the following facts:

1. “70 percent of all HPV infections resolve themselves without treatment within a year. Within two years, the number climbs to 90 percent. Of the remaining 10 percent of HPV infections, only half will develop into cervical cancer;”

 2. “There have been no efficacy trials in girls under 15 years.” “There also is not enough evidence gathered on side effects to know that safety is not an issue.”

3. “To date, 15,037 girls have officially reported adverse side effects from Gardasil to the U.S. Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System (VAERS). These adverse reactions include Guilliane Barre, lupus, seizures, paralysis, blood clots, brain inflammation and many others. The CDC acknowledges that there have been 44 reported deaths.”

Dr. Harper did not draw conclusions about whether (or not) to vaccinate–except to say, “It is silly to mandate vaccination of 11 to 12 year old girls” given the lack of efficacy and safety data…

The statement: “the incidence of cervical cancer in the U.S. is already so low that “even if we get the vaccine and continue PAP screening, we will not lower the rate of cervical cancer in the US.” is a quote from a published article by scientists at the National Cancer Institute:

“I came away from the talk with the perception that the risk of adverse side effects is so much greater than the risk of cervical cancer, I couldn’t help but question why we need the vaccine at all,” said Joan Robinson, Assistant Editor at the Population Research Institute.

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Gardasil Redux

Monday, October 26th, 2009

An article in the Philadelphia Bulletin, Oct.25, by Susan Brinkmann, entitled “Gardasil Researcher Drops a Bombshell,” describes more troubling news about the vaccine.

 

Dr. Diane Harper, lead researcher in the development of two human papilloma virus (HPV) vaccines, Gardasil and Cervarix and also a consultant to the World Health Organization , said the controversial drugs will do little to reduce cervical cancer rates and, even though they’re being recommended for girls as young as nine, there have been no efficacy trials in children under the age of 15…

“Dr. Harper began her remarks by explaining that 70 percent of all HPV infections resolve themselves without treatment within a year. Within two years, the number climbs to 90 percent. Of the remaining 10 percent of HPV infections, only half will develop into cervical cancer, which leaves little need for the vaccine…

In 2007, which was at the height of Merck’s controversial drive to have the vaccine mandated in schools, Dr. Harper remained steadfastly opposed to the idea and said she had been trying for months to convince major television and print media about her concerns, “but no one will print it.”

“It is silly to mandate vaccination of 11 to 12 year old girls,” she said at the time. “There also is not enough evidence gathered on side effects to know that safety is not an issue.”

“…To date, 15,037 girls have officially reported adverse side effects from Gardasil to the Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System (VAERS). These adverse reactions include Guillian- Barre, lupus, seizures, paralysis, blood clots, brain inflammation and many others. The CDC acknowledges that there have been 44 reported deaths.

Dr. Harper also participated in the research on Glaxo-Smith-Kline’s version of the drug, Cervarix, currently in use in the UK but not yet approved here. Since the government began administering the vaccine to school-aged girls last year, more than 2,000 patients reported some kind of adverse reaction … with 4,602 suspected side-effects recorded in total. The most tragic case involved a 14 year-old girl who dropped dead in the corridor of her school an hour after receiving the vaccination.

“I came away from the talk with the perception that the risk of adverse side effects is so much  greater than the risk of cervical cancer, I couldn’t help but question why we need the vaccine at all” said Joan Robinson, Assistant Editor at the Population Research Institute…

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