HPV shots

  1. Virginia is for mandates

    Freedom Friday: Virginia's vaccine mandate gets new life

    Parents have spoken loud and clear: They don't want dangerous HPV vaccinations forced on their daughters. Even the most ardent pro-vaccine moms and dads have been refusing Merck's Gardasil shot, and I say good for them.

    But politicians are too dazzled by Big Pharma money to get the message.

    Just look at Virginia, home to eight U.S. presidents along with a notorious mandate that requires all girls between the ages of 11 and 12 get the expensive three-shot Gardasil sequence.

    (Sure, there's an opt-out clause. But you know how that works. Parents who exercise their right to opt out are treated like lepers.)

    Last month, lawmakers in Virginia managed to kill a proposed repeal of the mandate without actually voting on it -- allowing these chickens to please their Big Pharma masters without having to go on the record as voting for or against a vaccine mandate.

    Washington, Jefferson, and Madison would be so proud!

    Don't breathe a sigh of relief if you're not in Virginia. Big Pharma is hard at work trying to convince local, state, and federal officials to back HPV shots -- and they're getting big-time results.

    Under a recent law in California, for example, docs can give the shot to girls as young as 12 without parental consent or even their knowledge.

    On the federal level, the CDC recently extended its Gardasil recommendations to include boys as well as girls -- a move I'm sure is completely unrelated to the fact that the former head of the agency is now the head of vaccines at Merck.


    Here's the reality: This shot offers little to girls and even less for boys. Often wrongly called "the cervical cancer vaccine," it really protects against only some of the strains of HPV that cause the disease.

    In boys, it might cut the risk of extremely rare anal cancers -- cancers so rare almost no one gets them anyway.

    Now, I'd be the first to admit this shot would be worthwhile if it managed to save even a few lives without ruining any in the process -- but of course that's not the case.

    Gardasil has been linked to thousands of adverse events, including paralysis, seizures, Guillain-Barré Syndrome, and even dozens of deaths.

    Worth it? Not on your life -- and not on the lives of your children and grandchildren.

  2. A shot in the dark

    Researchers reevaluate HPV vaccines

    No matter what you've heard, the correct number of HPV vaccinations needed by any girl -- or boy, for that matter -- is ZERO.

    These are far and away some of the most dangerous vaccines ever concocted - and one of them, Gardasil, has been killing and crippling little girls since it first came to market.

    Now, a new study on the "other" HPV vaccine -- Cervarix -- has found that two shots are every bit as effective as the usual three-shot sequence. A more accurate statement is that they're every bit as ineffective.

    The researchers used data on 7,466 women who were given either Cervarix or a Hepatitis A vaccine. While the women given Cervarix were supposed to get the full three-shot sequence, 20 percent of them got only one or two.

    (Maybe they backed out because they started experiencing the drug's known side effects, such as pain, fatigue, infection, dizziness, nausea, vomiting and diarrhea and bolted.)

    Whatever the reason, they skipped the rest of the sequence. Four years later, the women who got only two shots were "as protected" as those who got three - and researchers say those who got even a single shot also had high levels of protection.

    What nonsense.

    Cervical cancer is not something that pops up in four years -- and it certainly doesn't show up in the four years after girls are told to get their HPV shots, which can start at age 9 or even earlier these days.

    When was the last time you saw a 13-year-old cervical cancer patient?


    But like I said earlier, there's no reason to debate the number of shots - because your daughter or granddaughter doesn't need any of them.

    The media likes to call Cervarix and Gardasil "cervical cancer vaccines," but they're nothing of the sort. They only protect against some of the strains of the sexually transmitted human papillomavirus (HPV) that can cause cervical cancer - and only for a limited period of time.

    That means a child who suffers a serious side effect from the vaccine now could still get cervical cancer later!

    It's the worst of both worlds -- and that's why even families who normally line up for every required shot are saying no to this one.

    But you should skip the rest of them, too -- keep reading to find out why.

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