Rhode Island Bureaucracy Mandates Vaccine Possibly Linked to Premature Menopause

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Vaccines and other drugs are among the products for which informed decisions have to be made, with drawbacks and risks to go along with the benefits.  Given both financial incentive and simple human imperfection, those informed decisions have to be made on a shifting ground in which the most-informed experts are apt to change their recommendations.  Caffeinated coffee, for example, is one product in which a general notion that it’s an unhealthy vice has more or less been reversed, but examples are sufficiently plentiful that readers can pick their own favorites.

Now, the American College of Pediatricians is warning that the risks of the Gardasil vaccine against human papillomavirus (HPV) have been insufficiently understood, making the vaccine more dangerous than previously thought:

Many adolescent females are vaccinated with influenza, meningococcal, and tetanus vaccines without getting Gardasil®, and yet only 5.6% of reports related to ovarian dysfunction since 2006 are associated with such vaccines in the absence of simultaneous Gardasil® administration. The overwhelming majority (76%) of VAERS reports since 2006 with ovarian failure, premature menopause, and/or amenorrhea are associated solely with Gardasil®. When VAERS reports since 2006 are restricted to cases in which amenorrhea occurred for at least 4 months and is not associated with other known causes like polycystic ovary syndrome or pregnancy, 86/89 cases are associated with Gardasil®, 3/89 with CervarixTM, and 0/89 with other vaccines administered independently of an HPV vaccine.5 Using the same criteria, there are only 7 reports of amenorrhea from 1990 through 2005 and no more than 2 of those associated with any one vaccine type.

The warning does note that the affliction remains rare and that studies are underway to develop a better understanding of any risks, but the College emphasizes that results could take years to develop and, in the meantime, physicians, parents, and patients should be aware of the matter before making any decisions.

In consultation with their own doctors, parents and their children may decide that the benefits of the vaccine are worth the risks and unknowns, but in this context, it’s worth remembering that the state government of Rhode Island has mandated the HPV vaccine for both girls and boys in their early teenage years.  Moreover, the state did so through bureaucratic fiat, without the involvement of elected legislators in the General Assembly.  That is, the State of Rhode Island has injected itself into the educated decision that families must make about this drug by requiring any family that declines to take the risk to register a religious exemption with the state.



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  • Rhett Hardwick

    Could someone provide incidents per 1000 related to Gardasil? That would allow comparison to the number of STD’s related to the HPV virus, such as cervical cancer and genital warts. The latter two are different HPV viruses, I don’t know if Gardasil is effective against both. As cervical cancer is an STD, and the male carriers (I assume it can be detected) have no effects from it (they don’t have a cervix), would it be possible to only vaccinate males? As to the HPV virus which causes cervical cancer, I understand that in males their immune system overcomes it. Does this suggest a “natural vaccine”, or is it simply that males do not have a cervix for it to lodge in? Sorry for my apparent ignorance, but that ignorance also makes it difficult to form an opinion on this matter.

  • Rhett Hardwick

    Found this on Wikipedia ” An estimated 3.28 million people have received the vaccination; 1,968 cases of possible side effects have been reported. (figures are from Japan) That seems to indicate the occurrence of side effects as 1 out of every 1,666 vaccinations (this is not a yearly figure). 12,900 women, in the United States, a year are diagnosed with cervical cancer. I cannot develop a workable statistic from this. For a number of reasons, each year another cadre of women enter the pool; since it is an STD, certain groups (presumably married women) with a low number of partners vastly alter the likely incidence. The Japanese figures have far fewer variables, it is simply the number of women vaccinated divided by the number who develop side effects. Purely anecdotal of course, of the relatively small number of people I have ever discussed this with, I know two women who have developed cervical cancer.

  • guest

    Sounds like a typical source you would use… “American College of Pediatricians, a sham group camouflaging religious right distortions as legitimate research”…

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