Gardasil is being touted as a “Vaccine against cervical cancer” – but this isn’t exactly true.
For a start, what Gardasil does is vaccinate against 4 forms of Human Palilloma Virus (HPV), these strains are given numbers – 6, 11, 16, 18.
There are over 100 strains of HPV. Some are considered “High Risk”, some “Low Risk”. There are reported to be around 13 strains of High Risk HPV. 2 of these (16 & 18) are thought to be responsible for 70% of cervical cancers. The “High Risk” strains are those that can cause an abnormal Pap Test, and can lead to cancer. The “Low Risk” strains can cause an abnormal Pap Test, but do not lead to cancers. Genital warts are most likely to be caused by the “Low Risk” strains 6 &11.
So Gardasil does not specifically cover 11 strains of “High Risk” HPV, which (if you go by the numbers) can account for 30% of cervical cancers.
HPV is extremely common. It is said that around 80% of women have had HPV at some point in their lives. Often the virus is cured without any medical attention, and most women would not even be aware they had the virus. Obviously the problem lies in the “High Risk” strains.
Gardasil is a vaccine that prevents infection of the 2 strains that are most commonly known to be the cause of cervical cancer. The idea is that by preventing infection with these HPV strains, the cancer the virus normally causes, can be prevented.
Gardasil is known to maintain protection for HPV 16 for only 5 years. Which means it is unknown how much beyond 5 years it will continue to be effective. If a girl is vaccinated at age 9 (The youngest age it is administered) or even age 11, the antibodies may have worn off long before she has her first sexual encounter – making the vaccine absolutely useless. The US Cancer institute is quoted as saying:
“FDA-approved Gardasil prevented nearly 100 percent of the precancerous cervical cell changes caused by the types of HPV targeted by the vaccine for up to 4 years after vaccination.”
“Nearly” means that the vaccine was not 100% affective against the HPV strains it is supposed to prevent (Which is not surprising, as no vaccine is 100% effective). This statement also shows that there is no proof that Gardasil provides long term protection.
Gardasil does not “prevent cervical cancer”. What it does is provide antibodies against the 2 strains of HPV that are mostly likely to cause cervical cancer – for the period in which it is effective. This is not indefinitely. After this time, a vaccinated woman is no longer protected and is at risk of contracting the virus and any resulting cervical cancers. It also cannot prevent infection in an individual who is already infected by HPV. So the vaccine needs to be administered before the infection occurs, but not so early that it is ineffective by the time she is exposed to the virus.
As there are other strains of HPV not targeted by Gardasil, and it cannot be considered to be a 100% effective protection against those it does target, a vaccinated woman must still continue to have regular Pap Tests to ensure that she has not contracted cervical cancer from any of the remaining strains, or from an ineffective protection.
Regular Pap tests already help prevent most cervical cancers, as early detection and treatment means most cervical cancers are preventable and curable. Even though Pap Tests are not 100% accurate, and can give both false-positives and false-negatives, they are still necessary even after being vaccinated with Gardasil, and still provide the best defence against cervical cancer.
One of the main problems with Gardasil is that it has been responsible for over 50 deaths and thousands of side-effects. Among the more serious are severe muscular pains, paralysis, heart conditions, pneumonia, autoimmune disorders, seizures… even what appears to be premature menopause (in teens!).
Dr. Diane Harper, the Principal investigator for clinical vaccine trials of Gardasil, has spoken out about Gardasil. While she maintains that for most women the vaccine is safe, she questions the long term affectiveness, and the way it is marketed. With women not being told of the potential risks, and being unaware of what the vaccine actually prevents.
On the subject of the reported side-effects of the Gardasil vaccination, she says:
“The rate of serious adverse events on par with the death rate of cervical cancer.”
Unfortunately these numbers may actually be only a fraction of the number of side-effects actually caused by Gardasil. The data uses the number of Gardasil vaccines shipped from the company warehouse – not the number of vaccines actually administered. So when they talk of X number of side effects per X number of vaccines – they are counting the number of vaccines they have manufactured – which is a greater number than that administered, so the percentage of adverse side effects is much lower than if accurate data is used.
This is also only including the cases reported. Given that most of these side effects seem to occur weeks after the injections, not everyone would make the connection that it was Gardasil that caused it. Especially since most people trust the medical profession implicitly, taking all vaccinations offered without question. Afterall, vaccines are “safe” aren’t they? Drs recommend them! It is only when previously healthy young women are vaccinated and then get mysteriously ill that a connection can be made. You have to wonder how many other deaths and “adverse side-effects” are unreported simply because nobody thought to make the connection.
Remembering that in most cases, when detected early, cervical cancer is treatable. Many of these adverse side-effects have caused severe disabilities, some of which with no treatment or cure. Statistically speaking, you have a greater chance of having an adverse side effect from a Gardasil vaccination that you do of getting cervical cancer.
“Pap smears have never killed anyone.Pap smears are an effective screening tool to prevent cervical cancer. Pap smears alone prevent more cervical cancers than can the vaccines alone.
Gardasil is associated with serious adverse events, including death. If Gardasil is given to 11 year olds, and the vaccine does not last at least fifteen years, then there is no benefit – and only risk – for the young girl. “
Gardasil has not been on the market for long enough for anyone to know it’s true long term affects. The clinical trials only involved 21,000 girls and women (9 – 26), and as of January 1, 2010, approximately 28 million doses of Gardasil were distributed in the United States alone.
“As of January 31, 2010, there were 15,829 VAERS reports of adverse events following Gardasil vaccination in the United States. Of these reports, 92% were reports of events considered to be non-serious, and 8% were reports of events considered serious.”
“VAERS defines serious adverse events as adverse events that involve hospitalization, permanent disability, life-threatening illness, and death. As with all VAERS reports, serious events may or may not have been caused by the vaccine.”
So by that definition, someone who has a little swelling at the injection site would be considered in the same “non-serious” category as someone who has endured years of daily intense muscle pain. Unfortunately links between Gardasil and side-effects are not easy to prove.
So…..I urge women to make an informed decision on whether or not to have themselves or their daughters vaccinated, and not to just assume it’s ok because Drs say it is. Know what Gardasil is, and what it is not. It is not going to prevent cervical cancer, and it is not without risks – perhaps higher than that of getting cervical cancer.