Vax stories November 23, 2016Posted by WorldbyStorm in Uncategorized.
I’ve got to admit that reading the SBP this weekend and its investigation into Regret, the lobby group against the HPV Gardasil vaccine, I’ve a certain degree of sympathy for Liberius and his proposal that those who make false claims as regards the dangers of vaccination should have airtime denied them [I misremembered his original proposal hence comments below]. Whether that’s constitutionally possible I do not know.
Meanwhile the SBP has done some service in pointing to an organisation that refuses to answer basic questions of reporters – including whether statements it has issued publicly that half of 400 girls it claims to represent are on a 24 hour a day suicide watch, and whether they’ve been assessed by doctors registered with the Medical Council. Nor would it reply to questions as to its funding which is raised from the public, or why it has not registered as a charity. Further more claims raised by it that HPV vaccine might cause premature ovarian cancer have not been sourced by it, and it doesn’t provide any evidence of a causal link between Gardasil and the symptoms of those it claims to represent.
This is fairly devastating (and worth noting that these claims are getting an airing in the Dáil). And yet – and of course one has to preface this by pointing to the basic fact that all vaccines carry some element of risk, albeit in this instance very minor, where is the evidence for significant problems? The SBP reports studies that suggest that fewer than one in one thousand report ‘adverse events post vaccination’. Worth noting too that the consensus supported by WHO amongst others is one that the vaccine is safe.
The other side of this is the very real danger from cervical cancer – and as the SBP notes, ‘the second most common cause of death due to cancer in women aged 25 to 39 years of age’.