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NPR (and Other Major Media) Spreads Serious Falsehoods About HPV Vaccine


Safe and effective it is not. Action Alert!

On February 20, NPR’s All Things Considered aired a segment lamenting the low vaccination rates for the human papillomavirus (HPV) in American children (to date, 33% of girls and fewer than 7% of boys have received all three recommended doses of the vaccine). Apparently doing no independent journalistic research on the subject, both the segment and its companion article simply parroted a recent CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) report. The introduction to the piece called the vaccine “safe and effective” and it went on to claim, “Studies to date have shown no significant safety problems” with the HPV vaccine.


This is dangerously misleading information. Many children could be harmed by it.


A quick glance at the CDC’s website reveals significant side effects. The Center received about 22,000 reports of adverse events following Gardasil HPV vaccination from June 2006 to March 2013, with 8% of these reports considered “serious”—among them, 157 deaths and diagnoses of Guillain-Barre Syndrome, encephalitis, brain injury, and seizure (convulsion). This was more side effects reported than for any other vaccine.


Beyond the CDC, medical journals have published a variety of alarming case studies on HPV vaccine reactions:


  • According to one BMJ journal case study, the HPV vaccine may be causing ovarian failure. This side effect is particularly alarming: not only is it a tragedy for the individuals involved, but it could have significant implications for future population growth. Paradoxically, on its HPV “facts” page, the CDC admits six reports of premature menopause and “ovarian disorder,” butsays there’s “no reason to be concerned.”
  • The Medical Journal of Australia records the case of a woman who, four days after vaccination, developed pancreatitis for which “no other cause” beyond the vaccine could be discerned.
  • The European Journal of Neurology documents six patients who developed postural tachycardia syndrome, a heart disorder that brings on fainting spells and dizziness, after receiving the vaccine.


So why, with all this data—including over 100 documented deaths—haven’t government studies shown “significant safety problems?”


The CDC takes the position that they will only consider peer-reviewed research, not the raw data represented by the adverse event reports. But they also refuse to sponsor the peer research themselves. This is a blatant evasion of the issue.


An August 2011 study commissioned by the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and carried out by the Institute of Medicine (IOM) did attempt to link specific adverse events to specific vaccines. This report found only a “casual link” between the HPV vaccine and anaphylaxis. However, the study simply ignored the 22,000 reports on the Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System for the HPV vaccine. Instead, it considered only the 15,055 petitions for compensation filed with the National Vaccine Injury Compensation program for seventeen vaccines. Just 220 of the petitions specifically addressed the HPV vaccine.


It’s all too typical of what is going on that 22,000 reports were entirely dismissed as unreliable, while “firm” conclusions were drawn from just 220.


Even without peer-reviewed research, the raw data alone suggest that HPV may be the most dangerous vaccine. And there were plenty of other facts left out of the NPR story, many of which were covered by Gary Null and Nancy Ashley in a thorough article published in the February-March edition of The Townsend Letter, an important and reliable integrative medical journal. Among notable points from that article:


  • Merck is not adequately warning parents and physicians of the risks of this vaccine.
  • India has banned it because of deaths associated with it. France has ruled that it cannot be advertised.
  • There is no good evidence that the vaccine prevents cervical cancer. The studies provided by Merck are highly disputable. And because cervical cancer takes so long to develop, even those studies are largely based on presuppositions.


It is understood that the vaccine only protects against certain types of wart virus. It is not understood that there is no evidence that even this limited immunity lasts for more than five years. Three expensive shots, huge toxicity risks, and only five years of immunity from viruses that are not likely to cause cancer or especially to cause death from cancer is a very bad bargain.


Cervical cancer rates fell sharply before the advent of the vaccine. They may rise again if women think incorrectly that they are protected and fail to get the Pap screening.


The article recounts the story of Tracy Wolf, a mother whose daughter’s health deteriorated with every HPV shot, with tragic ultimate consequences. She has tried to warn other mothers.


As for NPR, it’s easy to understand why they shared only one side of the HPV vaccine story. Major media outlets and personalities are careful to distance themselves from anything that could be remotely interpreted as critical of vaccines.


For example, in a departure from the usual practice last December, Katie Couric aired an episode of her syndicated talk show, “Katie,” that discussed the HPV controversy. The show’s tagline read: “The HPV vaccine is considered a life-saving cancer preventer…but is it a potentially deadly dose for girls?”. The segment discussed both the potential benefits and the potential hazards of the HPV vaccine, and featured a mother whose daughter died eighteen days after receiving the vaccine, as well as another young woman who received the vaccine and subsequently experienced years of adverse health effects.


The backlash was swift and brutal. One New Yorker staff writer tweeted, “The shameful @katiecouric HPV vaccine show was a model of dangerously misinformed reporting. Katie, your credibility is gone,” while Slate ran an article with the headline “Katie Couric Hands Her Show Over to Anti-Vaccination Alarmists.” Forbes, USA Today, Jezebel, Time, and many other outletschimed in as well, calling the episode “irresponsible” and “slanted.”


The pressure became so great that Ms. Couric issued a “mea culpa” via the Huffington Post, apologizing for the featured interviews (“the time spent telling these stories was disproportionate to the statistical risk attendant to the vaccines”) and pulling a complete 180 by endorsing the vaccine:


But based on the science, my personal view is that the benefits of the HPV vaccine far outweigh its risks. That is why, as I said on my show, I had my own two daughters vaccinated against HPV.


Anyone familiar with the American mainstream media would recognize the absurdity of its members claiming shock and indignation about a “biased” story. Nearly every day, there’s a new, heavily skewed story promoting the pharmaceutical industry at the expense of dietary supplements and integrative practitioners.


The message behind mainstream media’s self-policing of Ms. Couric comes through loud and clear: report that all of Big Pharma’s vaccines are safe and necessary, and you’ll be lauded as a public health hero. Mention the fact that drugs and vaccines sometimes have serious side effects, and you’ll be branded an anti-science, anti-vaccine enemy of the public.


It seems a “slanted” news story is only offensive if you slant the wrong way.


Action Alert! Tell NPR to report both sides of the HPV vaccine debate! Their latest story on the vaccine left out important information that families across the country need in order to make informed decisions. Please take action immediately!


  • Gerard X

    What I don’t understand is that it seems like the most liberal news media outlets are the ones that are calling it a success and glossing over the dangers. Look at Slate, Huff Post, Time, USA Today…these are all very liberal media sources. I would think the liberals would side more with those questioning the status quo and the doctors that want to monopolize health care. Liberals should be about freedom to choose, freedom to seek alternative care, and NATURAL health care, not allopathic.
    I honestly don’t get it.

    • kelli

      Me, too. Though I suppose liberal news outlets want to appear acceptable and “rational”, meaning they do so by agreeing with medical status quo.

    • Heather

      Young girls have died from these shots. It is believed many more have become infertile and some think this is the true purpose of these shots-to create infertility/population reduction/selection. There are ways to reverse some of the damages according to some practitioners I know, yet, it is best if these girls don’t receive the shots at all (most in my circle believe).
      I would hesitate to say they are safe. I don’t believe we are often fully aware of the truth. There us toouch money in people being ill or made ill in this country.
      Follow the money and question the motives. Independent research is needed. A lot if large companies Fund the College research.
      I would not choose to take this shot nor give it to a daughter if I had one.

  • Kim Phelps

    There are many issues to be looked at and much room for improvement with vaccines! Let look at it all!

  • Jean Leclair

    This is something that every parent should read. They should not subject their children to such vaccines when they can do more harm and not good. Before thinking of getting these shots, you need to look into the after effects. The doctors are not going to give you the information for you to know. Always check on any medication that is prescribe to you or your families.

  • Diane

    Stop stressing lies at the expense of the lives of the young people.

    • Kathy

      You sound like you belong to Voices for Vaccines, aka Voices for Big Pharma. Do you honestly think that reporting on CDC statistics re Gardasil – 157 deaths and 22,000 adverse events following Gardasil vaccination, from 2006 to 2013 – is “stressing lies at the expense of lives”. That is such a perversion of logic. I am the mother of 4 vaccine injured adults, born in the 70’s before they had the Vaccine Adverse Events Reporting System (VAERS). I live with the results of their injuries every day of my life. Do you actually believe the REAL lies, like vaccines have nothing to do with autism. When my firstborn was finally diagnosed at age 21, the statistics for autism were 1 in 10,000. Now it is 1 in 68 – a 30 percent increase in just two years. Our children get 49 doses of 14 vaccines before age 6 and 69 doses of 16 vaccines by age 18. Gardasil is just one very very dangerous vaccine in this brew.

  • kelli

    The media is always slanted against alternative health and anything natural. I don’t trust them and not running out to get the latest medical technology because media praises it.

  • LaRae Anderson

    All persons considering vaccination should carefully review federally mandated Vaccine Information Sheets before they are immunized! But until the FDA stops sleeping in the same bed as “Big Pharma”, consumers will never hear the whole truth about any drug!! Do your homework & do the math. Chemotherapy drugs and vaccination sales per year are astronomical!!

  • L.P.

    I absolutely believe vaccines are all about population control…..and of course mostly $$$$$$.
    Greed……Greed……and MORE GREED!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Donna Marquart

    Liberal or conservative – too many of us believe what the “doctor” and other authorities tell is is correct. And they wrap it in all kinds of difficult to understand jargon – the language of their “profession”. Add the word “scientific” and . . . we’re on a roll. “They” have already put into place legal protection from being sued and I’m sure there are lawyers(liars) lined up to take your money and spend a couple of years trying to prove your case in the courts.

    With two grandchildren who are 12 years old, I worry that they may be innoculated and end up sick or dead.
    Liberals are some times the worst in thinking that everything is just fine, not realizing that those who profit don’t care one bit.

  • Rita

    There is only one reason this is a free vaccine under the new healthcare laws – population control. I believe after some research there is no reason for any young person to get these shots, and at the ages they are trying to get girls to get them; some starting as early as 9 years old. The vaccine doesn’t last forever. HPV can clear up on it’s own without repeated exposure, and any industry who first advertised this as a “cancer” vaccine is clearly hiding something. Cancer is not a virus so you can’t vaccinate against it, yet the advertisements wanted us to think they could. Starting girls on the shots as early as possible masks the infertility issues and menstrual cycle issues girls are having if it’s given very early, because then it just becomes an unrelated issue. Doctors are paid to push this vaccine – everyone should research this on their own before saying yes to these sots.