I haven’t bought into the Gardasil hype, but because my daughter and her best friends are of the age when this vaccine is heavily pushed, I keep up with HPV vaccine news. For those who may have missed the latest news, the FDA announced that they’ve approved another HPV vaccine.
The news release claims that the new vaccine, Gardasil 9, will prevent “…certain diseases caused by nine types of Human Papillomavirus (HPV)…five more HPV types than Gardasil (previously approved by the FDA).”
It should be noted that the FDA reports that there are over 100 different kinds of HPV. Let’s not forget that they also state that not all of the kinds of HPV cause health problems. Not causing health problems is good news! So why did the NBC News senior health reporter make this her final paragraph of her Gardasil 9 article?
All boys and girls are supposed to get three doses of the vaccine, starting at age 11 or 12. But not enough do. Only a third of girls who should have finished the series have received all three doses, and the record's even worse for boys. While 57 percent of pre-teen or teen girls have received at least one dose of HPV, only 35 percent of boys have, CDC says.
All (emphasis mine) boys and girls are supposed to…
The article makes it sound like getting this vaccine is mandatory.
Last I checked, parents can opt out of vaccines in all 50 states.
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Yep. All 50 states do offer at least one exemption.
Then do all boys and girls really have to get the HPV vaccine?
The NBC reporter must have thought so though. I guess she recognized that some boys’ and some girls’ parents knew that they could opt out of the HPV vaccine because she added:
All boys and girls are supposed to get three doses of the vaccine, starting at age 11 or 12. But not enough do.
Hmmm, not enough do.
Not enough to whose liking, I wonder? The FDA’s liking? Or the CDC’s liking? Is the FDA not liking that not enough boys and girls are getting their approved HPV vaccine? The FDA who state prior to administering the series that it takes three doses even though researchers later learn and report that well, maybe one dose of an HPV vaccine was enough? http://thechart.blogs.cnn.com/2013/11/04/a-single-dose-of-hpv-vaccine-may-be-enough/?hpt=hp_bn13
And then there’s the CDC. The CDC who adds vaccine after vaccine after vaccine to their recommended schedule without studying how vaccine after vaccine after vaccine react together? Are they not liking that boys and girls are not lining up for the HPV vaccine?
Surely the FDA and the CDC know that some boys and some girls cannot be injected with that vaccine. Surely they know and they respect that some boys and some girls may not want that vaccine. And surely those who write about vaccines understand that, too, and know that they should include all information about vaccines – like the severe side effects, the adverse events, and the required reporting of illness and death post vaccination – in their news reports. You’d think that they would know that, respect that, and report that. Right?
Sadly, they don’t.
The FDA continues to approve vaccines. The CDC continues to push vaccines. And the mainstream reporters continue to write inaccurate pieces about those vaccines. Those who should be completely honest about vaccines very have kept the most important information about vaccines to themselves. I find that shameful and why I feel that I must keep up with HPV vaccine news on my own and from more reputable sources than from the mainstream news media channels.
The HPV vaccine is one that I’m keeping my eye on. My daughter is keeping an eye on it too. She knows that with this particular vaccine there have been too many too soon. We’re both praying that the parents of her best friends have educated themselves about the HPV vaccine like we did. While educating ourselves, we learned that too many daughters have become one less – one less independent, one less functional, and one less living.
Cathy Jameson is a Contributing Editor for Age of Autism.