Florida Anti-Vaccine Group Ignores Facts, Says It's Not Anti-Vaccine

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The Health Regulation Committee on Wednesday voted seven to zip in favor of SB 1116, a proposal to give parents of sixth-graders information on the human papillomavirus vaccine, which helps protect females from cervical cancer. 

As discussed yesterday, the original version of the bill would have added the vaccine to Florida's list of recommended vaccines for school-aged children. But that was too risky given anti-vaccine folks' proclivity for yelling misinformation and stoking angry mobs. So now, instead of making it easier for doctors to recommend a vaccine proven to protect against cancer, the bill -- if approved -- will allow schools to distribute some easy-to-lose flier on the drug. 

KNOW Vaccines -- the Florida branch of the National Vaccine Information Center -- sent an opposition letter to state Sen. Rene Garcia, chair of the Health Regulation Committee. Here, a look at some of the dubious arguments offered by the group:


The U.S. Food and Drug Administration clearly states there is no proof that the HPV virus is the cause of cervical cancer. The Gardasil vaccine was developed to prevent a limited number of HPV infections but is falsely advertised as an anti-cervical cancer vaccine.

Actually, the first indication for Gardasil listed on the FDA's Approved Products website is "prevention of vulvar and vaginal cancer," while the third indication is "cervical cancer." It's perfectly fine for Big Pharma to advertise its products for approved indications. Also, the FDA is in the business of regulating pharmaceutical products, not carrying out research to determine what viruses are responsible for what disease. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention explains that "each year, about 12,000 women get cervical cancer in the U.S. Almost all of these cancers are HPV-associated."

The discussion and decisions regarding sexually transmitted diseases and children should take place between parents and healthcare providers and the state should not be endorsing this controversial HPV vaccine.

This isn't a discussion about sexually transmitted diseases. It's a discussion about whether a young girl should be given a vaccine that protects against several strains of a sexually transmitted infection that cause the bulk of cervical cancer cases. Failing to mention the whole cancer aspect is the exact opposite of promoting informed consent. 

More than 15 HPV types are associated with cancer of the cervix and other genital cancers affecting women and men. Gardasil vaccine contains 2 of 15 HPV types most associated with cervical cancer and 2 HPV types associated with genital warts.

So? The two strains Gardasil protects against are responsible for 75 percent of all cervical cancers. 

Gardasil vaccination involves a series of 3 injections over 6 months. Each injection costs $120 and all 3 injections are required.

That's like three months of car insurance payments. Except that instead of collision, you just don't get cervical cancer.

Cervical cancer has been in decline for years with no vaccine. It declined by 74% from 1955 to 1992 and declined another 17% between 1998 and 2002 according to the American Cancer Society.

People didn't just stop getting cancer. Rather, scientific advancement -- particularly in the field of diagnostics -- has allowed us to get a whole lot better at managing diseases. Still, "more than 17,300 HPV-associated cancers occur yearly in women," according to the CDC. Preventive measures such as vaccines are key to further driving down the rates. 

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TruthHurts
TruthHurts

The pro-Gardasil people are effing stupid! OMG!! How do you NOT know or are NOT aware that there are OVER 90 different types of HPV?!! LOOK IT UP! Gardasil supposedly only protects against FOUR different types, but that doesn't GUARANTEE the people that get this vaccine are 100% protected! I knew someone who got HPV during my first year of college, and it is no walk in the park! Why shoot your kid up with that s##t, when it is difficult to detect to begin with?! Men hardly ever show symptoms, and can easily be spreading this crap without even knowing it after being infected for over a year or more! Read up on what the hell you are defending before you run anti-vaccine people into the ground. There is reason to question their viability and efficacy!

Melanie Wilson
Melanie Wilson

THE GREATER GOOD looks behind the fear, hype and politics that have polarized the vaccine debate in America today. The film re-frames the emotionally charged issue and offers, for the first time, the opportunity for a rational and scientific discussion on how to create a safer and more effective vaccine program. One of the story lines follows a teenager struggling to recover from a serious Gardasil injury. It is her neurologist, not her parents, who diagnosed her with vaccine injury.

http://www.greatergoodmovie.or...

Doug Steley
Doug Steley

If you don't want your kids vaccinated move to a third world failed state like Somalia where they will be safe from such risks.

figoliu
figoliu

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figoliu
figoliu

 herpesdateonline.com focuses on providing a safe dating & support community for singles and friends living with HERPES / HPV to find love and support! It has services of HERPES blog, HERPES forum, Ask Counselor, Real inspirational Stories, Photos of HERPES and other general dating.

anonymous
anonymous

Mr. Sweeney, there have been deaths associated with Gardasil, and many thousands of adverse reactions, many very serious. Some girls who were active in sports and doing well in school became sickly, tired, and unable to concentrate since receiving Gardasil. Gardasil was not tested long enough to know whether it actually prevents cervical cancer. In fact, if a girl already has an HPV infection and receives the vaccine, it could actually INCREASE her risk of developing cervical cancer. Almost no one mentions that there are co-factors, such as smoking, poor nutrition, and having given birth multiple times, that play a role in whether a woman develops cervical cancer. The length of time that the vaccine is effective may be limited; it could be only for five years or less--no one knows. See the following link for a long list of things the manufacturer doesn't know about the vaccine. http://vactruth.com/2011/11/04...

Ken Reibel
Ken Reibel

NVIC's president, Barbara Loe Fischer, makes stuff up to suit her anti-vaccine agenda. A few years ago, Wired Magazine quoted a vaccine scientist as saying that Fischer lies. She sued for a million dollars in damages, and the case was thrown out of court.

http://autism-news-beat.com/ar...

William Jamison
William Jamison

This is nothing more than evolution in action.

"Survival of the fittest".

In this case, the fittest will be the children of parents who have the good sense to get them vaccinated against this deadly disease.

Or, as another insightful commenter put it, "the decision to vaccinate is nothing more than an IQ test".

Ben Wiseman
Ben Wiseman

Allow me to translate for truth hurts:"I hate science based medicine and those who support it. I do not feel inclined to actually read the article, let alone respond to points in context. It is my belief that If something isn't 100% effective, then it must be totally ineffective. My friend had the vaccine and, although nothing specifically noteworthy came up, I feel it was a bad thing. In my opinion, there is no point vaccinating to prevent cancer, let alone cancers that are difficult to detect. Because the virus is highly transmissible, this somehow invalidated vaccination. Please read pseudoscientific literature that agrees with me before saying things critical of medicine deniers.There is reason to question their viability and efficacy so long as you do not adress such questions with legitimate scientific research, clinical trials, or statistics!" 

COVRAC
COVRAC

How do you NOT know or are NOT aware that there are OVER 90 different types of HPV?!! LOOK IT UP! Gardasil supposedly only protects against FOUR different types, but that doesn't GUARANTEE the people that get this vaccine are 100% protected!

Did you miss the part where the author said "So? The two strains Gardasil protects against are responsible for 75 percent of all cervical cancers?" BTW the other two of the four strains prevent genital warts, not cervical cancer. Is a 75% reduction in the 4000 annual deaths from cervical cancer not a sufficient reason for the vaccine?

I knew someone who got HPV during my first year of college, and it is no walk in the park!

The disease or the vaccine?  Because the vaccine is certainly a walk in the park compared to cervical cancer.  

Why shoot your kid up with that s##t, when it is difficult to detect to begin with?!

Um, because it can cause cervical cancer which if not detected early enough, can kill.

Men hardly ever show symptoms, and can easily be spreading this crap without even knowing it after being infected for over a year or more!

Yeah, they do. The vaccine is recommended for males to, because they spread the disease and because it causes genital, anal, and oral cancers in males. 

Read up on what the hell you are defending before you run anti-vaccine people into the ground. There is reason to question their viability and efficacy!

Yet you have presented no such reasons. 

DSteles
DSteles

Why should we be subjected to those risks in our own "free" nation?  Your comment is completely unproductive.

anonymous
anonymous

@William Jamison -- Are you aware that girls have died after receiving the HPV vaccine and that many have become chronically sick?

Ken Reibel
Ken Reibel

 Are you aware that correlation is not the same as causation? There is no evidence those deaths wouldn't have happened if the vaccine wasn't given. Some of those deaths occurred six months after the vaccine. One was a drug overdose - what does that have to do with a vaccine? It's a cruel world, and sometimes teenage girls die. But the mortality rate for teen girls before 2006 is statistically no different than after 2006, so how can you blame the HPV vaccine?

Anon2
Anon2

Are you aware that thousands of wonen die every year of vaginal and cervical carcinoma? It's called risk-benefit analysis. And i would like to see your data proving a direct link to chronic illness/death secondary to vaccine. Please stop trying to scare people with your generalized misinformation

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