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Cancer Vaccine Doubts

By che - 25 May 2007 30

The ABC had this story the other day on ACT and Victorian teenage girls being taken to hospital after being given the cervical cancer vaccine, Gardasil.
The idea that something could be wrong was dismissed by ACT Health officials but the US FDA has been advised that it has not been proven safe for children according to the follwing transcript which can be found on this page


Washington, D.C. – The National Vaccine Information Center (NVIC) is calling on the CDC’s Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) to just say “no” on June 29 to recommending “universal use” of Merck’s Gardasil vaccine in all pre-adolescent girls. NVIC maintains that Merck’s clinical trials did not prove the human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine designed to prevent cervical cancer and genital warts is safe to give to young girls.

“Merck and the FDA have not been completely honest with the people about the pre-licensure clinical trials,” said NVIC president Barbara Loe Fisher. “Merck’s pre and post-licensure marketing strategy has positioned mass use of this vaccine by pre-teens as a morality play in order to avoid talking about the flawed science they used to get it licensed. This is not just about teenagers having sex, it is also about whether Gardasil has been proven safe and effective for little girls.”

The FDA allowed Merck to use a potentially reactive aluminum containing placebo as a control for most trial participants, rather than a non-reactive saline solution placebo. A reactive placebo can artificially increase the appearance of safety of an experimental drug or vaccine in a clinical trial. Gardasil contains 225 mcg of aluminum and, although aluminum adjuvants have been used in vaccines for decades, they were never tested for safety in clinical trials. Merck and the FDA did not disclose how much aluminum was in the placebo.

Animal and human studies have shown that aluminum can cause nerve cell death and that vaccine aluminum adjuvants can allow aluminum to enter the brain, as well as cause inflammation at the injection site leading to chronic joint and muscle pain and fatigue. Nearly 90 percent of Gardasil recipients and 85 percent of aluminum placebo recipients followed-up for safety reported one or more adverse events within 15 days of vaccination, particularly at the injection site.Pain and swelling at injection site occurred in approximately 83 percent of Gardasil and 73 percent of aluminum placebo recipients. About 60 percent of those who got Gardasil or the aluminum placebo had systemic adverse events including headache, fever, nausea, dizziness, vomiting, diarrhea, myalgia. Gardasil recipients had more serious adverse events such as headache, gastroenteritis, appendicitis, pelvic inflammatory disease, asthma, bronchospasm and arthritis.

“Merck and the FDA do not reveal in public documents exactly how many 9 to 15 year old girls were in the clinical trials, how many of them received hepatitis B vaccine and Gardasil simultaneously, and how many of them had serious adverse events after being injected with Gardasil or the aluminum placebo. For example, if there were less than 1,000 little girls actually injected with three doses of Gardasil, it is important to know how many had serious adverse events and how long they were followed for chronic health problems, such as juvenile arthritis.”

According to the Merck product manufacturer insert, there was 1 case of juvenile arthritis, 2 cases of rheumatoid arthritis, 5 cases of arthritis, and 1 case of reactive arthritis out of 11,813 Gardasil recipients plus 1 case of lupus and 2 cases of arthritis out of 9,701 participants primarily receiving an aluminum containing placebo. Clinical trial investigators dismissed most of the 102 Gardasil and placebo associated serious adverse events, including 17 deaths, that occurred in the clinical trials as unrelated.

“There is too little long term safety and efficacy data, especially in young girls, and too little labeling information on contraindications for the CDC to recommend Gardasil for universal use, which is a signal for states to mandate it,” said Fisher. “Nobody at Merck, the CDC or FDA know if the injection of Gardasil into all pre-teen girls – especially simultaneously with hepatitis B vaccine – will make some of them more likely to develop arthritis or other inflammatory autoimmune and brain disorders as teenagers and adults. With cervical cancer causing about one percent of all cancer deaths in American women due to routine pap screening, it was inappropriate for the FDA to fast track Gardasil. It is way too early to direct all young girls to get three doses of a vaccine that has not been proven safe or effective in their age group.”

The National Vaccine Information Center (NVIC), founded in 1982 by parents of vaccine injured children, has been a leading critic of one-size-fits-all mass vaccination policies and the lack of basic science research into biological mechanisms and high risk factors for vaccine-induced brain and immune system dysfunction. As a member of the FDA Vaccines and Related Biological Products Advisory Committee (VRBPAC), Barbara Loe Fisher urged trials include adequate safety data on pre-adolescent children and warned against fast tracking Gardasil at the November 28-29, 2001 VRBPAC meeting .

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Cancer Vaccine Doubts
dusty 10:08 pm 25 May 07

My 15 yo daughter had hers today, 2 more to go. Will let you know how she goes. I figured the benefits outweigh the risks, particularly as cervical cancer is currently a leading cause of death and infertility, so dodging the bad old ‘genital wart’ virus (precurser to cervical cancer) can only be a good thing for the species as a whole, and hopefully, my lovely daughter in particular, I think anyway.

GnT 7:37 pm 25 May 07


3) Use public health money for treating their cervical cancer which could have been prevented.

johnboy 4:43 pm 25 May 07

Unfortunately you’d:

1) Let the wastes of space free ride off the herd immunity

2) Lose the benefit of herd immunity for those with legitimate reasons (eg known allergies) to not get it.

fnaah 4:39 pm 25 May 07

Here’s another side benefit: let the tinhat people have their way and not get innoculated, then Darwin can thin out their numbers for us. Hurrah!

neanderthalsis 4:34 pm 25 May 07

“Nearly 90 percent of Gardasil recipients and 85 percent of aluminum placebo recipients followed-up for safety reported one or more adverse events within 15 days of vaccination, particularly at the injection site”

wait for it…


Shock horror, injections can cause pain.

It is a natural reaction for some people to get the wobbles and even faint after being jabbed. I have seen grown men faint after a series of innoculations, so a bunch of schoolgirls keeling over is no great surprise.

nyssa76 4:21 pm 25 May 07

My daughter had it. She had NO reaction as did no one at her school or where I work. I haven’t heard of one case within the ACT Education system – private or public.

(personal note) A small reaction to gardisil, or cervical cancer…I know which one I would prefer.

DarkLadyWolfMother 3:59 pm 25 May 07

Gee, a vaccine that can cause an adverse reaction in some people. That’s new.

RandomGit 3:39 pm 25 May 07

This lot reminds me of BADD

Mr Evil 3:22 pm 25 May 07

It’s not the vaccine that’s the problem; it’s the microchip that ASIO and the CIA have added to the vaccine that’s causing the problem!

Thumper 3:17 pm 25 May 07

Alarmist Retard bumper sticker…


Woody Mann-Caruso 2:19 pm 25 May 07

Please collect your “Alarmist Retard” bumper sticker at the door, you retarded, alarmist alarmist retard. What next? “Earth flat according to submission from Flat Earth Society to US Geological Survey”? “AIDS not a real disease, according to submission by that fruitloop from Foo Fighters to CDC”? “Jews plotting end of world according to KKK submission to Homeland Security”?

RandomGit 2:18 pm 25 May 07

“morality Play” and “Flawed Science”

Two phrases that made me book out of the article as well Jimbo.

fnaah 2:18 pm 25 May 07

So, 11,000 teenagers were protected from cervical cancer and 8 got a form of arthritis, while 9,000 *didn’t* get protected yet 3 *still* got arthritis – is it just me, or might there be some other cause of arthritis somewhere?

Ari 2:15 pm 25 May 07

If you tell a large group of schoolgirls they will be jabbed in the arm in a day or two.

Let them stew about the potential pain and feed each others’ fears.

Then line them up in a nervous group and do the deed.

Some of them are likely to have adverse reactions similar to those described … even if you were only injecting sterile water.

Hysteria can be catching.

jimbocool 2:06 pm 25 May 07

Hmmm – a quick squizz at the The National Vaccine Information Center website woudl suggest to me that they are a bunch of anti-immunisation wackos. They make an effort to try and appear balanced, but the pejorative language used in the actual articles gives the game away.

This post should be consigned to the nutbag wastebin.

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