A thousand thanks to Josh Mazer for sharing his campaign to alert Maryland decision makers about the dangers of HPV vaccination. They ought to know already since they are pushing the HPV vaccine, but they do not since their info comes from Pharma and Public Health lobbyists. The action alert to Governor Hogan is here.
Please click to the site HPVisSTD.com to read more: Maryland Department of Health Marketing HPV Vaccine to 11 & 12 Year Olds In State School Classrooms. No Parental Consent or Knowledge.
Dear Maryland State Legislator, School Board Member, and PTA Member:
The prestigious Cochrane Review has announced today through BMJ
BMJ HPV Vaccine Safety Aug 9 2018 that they will be initiating an immediate and “urgent” review of the safety claims made about the HPV vaccine.
From: Mazer, Josh
Sent: Tuesday, August 07, 2018 8:09 AM
To: 'Howard M. Haft -MDH-'
Cc: Donna Gugel -DHMH-; Courtney Lewis -DHMH-; Kurt Seetoo -DHMH-; ' firstname.lastname@example.org '; 'Robert.Neall@Maryland.gov'; 'StateBoard MSDE -MSDE-'; ' email@example.com '; ' firstname.lastname@example.org '; ' email@example.com '; ' firstname.lastname@example.org '; ' email@example.com '
Subject: RE: Flint, Michigan Comes to Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene
Dear Dr. Haft:
Thank you for your prompt and courteous response. I appreciate the copy of the latest effort
Revised School Letter by your office to enlist state school personnel as de facto sales reps for Merck’s HPV vaccine. The current letter contains the same glaring, ethically indefensible lapses as the original letter- with the exception that you are including my recommended reference to HPV being an STD . The letter does not provide in any measure facts needed to create the moral and ethical imperative of informed medical consent. If you are not willing to publicly announce that our state schools and school personnel are being co-opted in this manner, the public policy is wrong and should be terminated post haste. Are you ready to make a public announcement that our schools are being used to target a captive audience of trusting 11 and 12 year olds for sales of a pharma product?
You write: “I believe you were not correct in your assertion that the State receives $96 million in funding from pharma to promote HPV vaccine. You seem to be pointing to the VFC funding which is provided to the State from the Federal government through the CDC.”
I did not say “receives.” I said received over 5 years.
Dr. Pete Doshi Peter Doshi, PhD, is an assistant professor of pharmaceutical health services research at the University of Maryland School of Pharmacy and associate editor at The BMJ (formerly, British Medical Journal). Here is his 2017 analysis out of BMJ describing how CDC and pharma funded front groups lobby state legislatures by washing pharma money through ostensible “non profits” such as VFC:
“Education or lobbying?
Officially, the CDC is neutral on vaccine mandates, and the agency steers clear of directly influencing state law, telling The BMJ: “CDC’s policy is to not take positions on state-specific legislation.
But the CDC gives money to non-profits that actively work in this void. Presumably, these activities are funded from non-CDCsources, as US federal law prohibits the use of CDC award money for lobbying, a prohibition that “includes grass roots lobbying efforts by award recipients that are directed at inducing members of the public to contact their elected representatives to urge support of, or opposition to, proposed or pending legislation,” according to CDC policy.”
You will find this to be an illuminating read, I look forward to your response. It blows away any defense you have that this vaccine should be supported with public money of any kind in the state of Maryland. The “non profit funds” are nothing more or less than the source of your agency being captured by pharma interests. The citizens of Maryland deserve better:
Now, can you please produce the actual data that supports your written assertions in the 2016 letter sent to dental practices in Maryland on your signature that the HPV vaccine is a vaccine that prevents cancer; that is safe; and that it works as advertised? Why did you deliberately blur the distinction between “school entry required vaccines” and the HPV shot? Is there any negative effect caused by the HPV vaccine when given to youngsters who are positive for Type 16 and 18? How about when the HPV vaccine is given at the same time as the DTaP, as you medically advise in your letter?
If you can’t produce the data, you must publicly recommend the withdrawal of all state support for the shot.
Are you planning on publicizing the HPV vaccine caused death of Christina, Tarsell, formerly of Sparks, Md? Is withholding this information from sales prospects for the HPV vaccine an ethical component of the right to informed medical consent? What is the function of Mr. Seetoo’s office? Is he in fact a trained lobbyist for pharma on the literal, actual state payroll?
The situation with the HPV vaccine being target marketed to 11 and 12 year olds sitting at their school desks is reprehensible public health policy. Perhaps that is the reason that your agency is doing it in a secretive manner.
Do the right thing. Suspend all State if Maryland support for the HPV vaccine pending a comprehensive, objective safety review. Japan, Denmark, Finland, and India have all pulled back from providing government funding for this shot due to numerous reports of serious adverse events up to and including death. The Free State can survived giving up the HPV vaccine cash cow in exchange for safer, healthier kids. Maryland must renounce all state, federal, and non-profit funding for this shot pending an independent and comprehensive safety review.
Do the right thing for Christina and Emily Tarsell. They deserve it.
Annapolis, Md 21409
From: Howard M. Haft -MDH- [mailto: firstname.lastname@example.org ]
Sent: Tuesday, August 07, 2018 6:35 AM
To: Mazer, Josh
Cc: Donna Gugel -DHMH-; Courtney Lewis -DHMH-; Kurt Seetoo -DHMH-
Subject: Re: Flint, Michigan Comes to Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene
Thank you for your comments on the phone last evening.
As promised I am sharing the most recent version of the letter to School Superintendents on HPV vaccine that includes the reference to sexually transmitted disease as yousuggested.
I did look at the responses to your PIA regarding vaccine funding. I believe you were not correct in your assertion that the State receives $96 million in funding from pharma to promote HPV vaccine. You seem to be pointing to the VFC funding which is provided to the State from the Federal government through the CDC.