Are Gardasil shots really the answer?

March 14 11:45 2012 Print This Article

The Government of Mongolia has a national cervical cancer strategy, which includes increasing and improving the quality of cervical cancer screening, treatment and prevention. 

The Government applied to the Merck Gardasil Access Program to receive donated HPV vaccines and was notified in July 2011 that their application was successful. Merck agreed to donate 44,800 doses for a small introductory campaign. 

On October 4, 2011, the Ministry of Health officially approved the use of the HPV vaccination in four sites, the Baganuur and Bayangol Districts of Ulaanbaatar and the Selenge and Umungovi Aimags reaching 14,491 eligible girls ages 11-15. 

Gardasil, a human papillomavirus (HPV) prevention vaccine, was determined by the Ministry of Health to be the most cost effective vaccine in preventing up to the 70% of the viral strains which lead to cervical cancer in Mongolia. 

But is it the case that the vaccine can really prevent girls from contracting HPV?

The end point of all the efficacy studies for Gardasil was not, in fact, prevention of cancer. Researchers couldn’t actually assess the development of cervical cancer following the vaccine because this process normally takes 20 to 40 years and their studies stopped after just five. 

So instead, Merck’s scientists decided that the presence of atypical cervical cells was a valid “surrogate end point,” or substitute for cancer. They used this hypothesis despite the fact that there is no evidence that the types of cervical lesions they chose as their end point would eventually lead to cancer.

Merck has never acknowledged that their entire premise for the efficacy of Gardasil rests on pure speculation. In fact, many if not most atypical cervical cells resolve on their own without intervention.
Mongolian women had been living without any vaccine for the past years. I don’t understand what’s really wrong with that. There are many statistics that show that the vaccine has numerous side effects. 

After receiving Gardasil, 71 girls died in the US. But this number only shows the US vaccination numbers; we don’t know the true number of how many girls had this vaccine and became ill because of it. 

According to interview conducted by Unuudur Newspaper with L.Bayarsaikhan, a doctor in the US,
“Children don’t usually die suddenly when they are healthy but there are certainly lots of teenage girls who have died relatively suddenly after Gardasil or developed severe neurologic reactions. Therefore, if you are going to try to balance safety and efficacy when you prescribe something like a vaccine; you have to know how effective it’s going to be. 

Does this really prevent cervical cancer in young women? And does it prevent it in women who have already been exposed to these viruses? … So I don’t know how other doctors prescribe something like Gardasil … Basically, they make an assumption that since the FDA has licensed it … the manufacturer would only market something that’s safe, doctors go ahead and prescribe. And what they may not be aware of is that it is extremely hard to link a side effect to a vaccine, for many reasons. Getting a judgment against a manufacturer is very difficult and it has become more difficult due to some recent litigation that reduced manufacturer liability for vaccines in general”. 

Many parents still didn’t understand that they maybe putting their daughters at risk. 

I’m afraid of the side effects people may experience in few months or a few years and if they do, who will be responsible for them?
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