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New York Wants to Mandate HPV for School Kids

Saturday, February 20th, 2010

The Alliance for Human Research Protection (AHRP) reported last week that the New York State Senate Senate is about to vote on legislation permitting a school nurse of doctor the power to vaccinate children under 18 with the controversial vaccine, Gardasil (and hepatitis B) without parental “consent or knowledge.”Gardasil, a human papilloma virus vaccine, promoted by Merck as an immunization against cervical cancer, is riddled with controversy, and covered extensively in the media, and in my previous blogs.

Dr. Diane Harper, an acknowledged researcher who conducted pre-marketing clinical trials for both Gardasil and GlaxoSmithKline’s Cevarix vaccines, blasted marketing strategies for HPV vaccine, offered the New York State Committee her expert opinion on the vaccines. As Dr. Harper and others have already written, its period of effectiveness is unknown, and evidence shows it poses serious risks for some children and young women such that its risk/benefits are highly debatable.

AHRP has stated the bill, S4779B, violates parental rights to make medical decisions on behalf of their children. If a child is harmed by a vaccine given without consent, and, according to this law, beyond the bounds of school authority, who will bear medical, financial, and Legal authority? In a landmark decision last March, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that in case of severe injuries or death, federal law does not prevent consumers from suing drug companies in State Court.

But who, if anyone would be entitled to sue the drug company or the State of New York-or both- in cases of misadventure following mandated vaccination of the HPV vaccine?To be noted is Merck’s record of aggressive, illegal marketing of drugs including the Gardasil vaccine.According to the AHRP Newsletter, Merck is on record of having bribed state legislators to support similar bills in Texas. Merck indeed made campaign contributions to the Governor of  Texas to mandate Gardasil. Other states are considering mandating HPV vaccinations. In my opinion, the HPV controversy should be investigated by the FTC, and the FDA if not the Congress.For further information, contact: Vera Hassner Sharav at veracare@ahrp.org