By JB Handley
PORTLAND, Oregon — I have no financial reason to write this article. I’m just a dad. My son was injured by a vaccine, so I’ve spent more than ten years becoming an expert on a topic I never planned to know much about. My only audience for this article is other parents.
The HPV vaccine (of which Gardasil is one brand name) is being aggressively pushed on teenage girls and boys here in the U.S. In fact, there are many state legislators who are trying to make HPV Vaccines mandatory for children to attend school, a push that was recently successful in Rhode Island:
RI requires all 7th grade students to be vaccinated for HPV
“Despite a challenge from opponents earlier this year, it’s mandatory in the state of Rhode Island for all incoming seventh grade students to receive the HPV vaccine.”
Meanwhile, most Americans are in the dark that a brushfire is burning in countries all over the world, including Japan (where HPV vaccine uptake rates are down to 1%), Denmark (near 10%), Colombia (near 5%), Ireland, Sweden, Spain, New Zealand, France, Canada, and India where the startling rate of vaccine injury and questionable risk-benefit is fueling repeated national controversies.
Why does Gardasil matter so much in the U.S.? Here’s an article from Bloomberg Business from 2 months ago that might give you a clue:
Merck Beats Estimates as Sales of Gardasil Vaccine Surge
“Merck & Co.’s third-quarter profit topped analysts’ estimates, helped by better-than-expected sales of the vaccine Gardasil…”
Read JB's full post here.