The HPV vaccine was just approved for adults, despite Merck’s concerning research data. Action Alert!
It’s official: Gardasil 9, Merck’s HPV vaccine, has been approved for adults age 27-45. The FDA made its determination in the face of substantial evidence of the dangers of the HPV vaccine and the existence of safer alternatives. We must oppose the agency’s decision and prevent more Americans from becoming irreparably harmed by this vaccine.
This is a terrible idea for many reasons. For women who have already been exposed to certain strains of the HPV virus, vaccination can actually increase the risk of precancerous lesions by 44.6%. That’s right: if you are already infected with HPV, getting vaccinated could increase your risk of getting cancer. To put this in perspective, 79 million Americans are thought to be infected with HPV, and about 14 million are newly infected each year, making HPV the most common sexually transmitted infection. Often there are no symptoms. The CDC says that “HPV is so common that almost every person who is sexually active will get HPV at some time in their life.” A large, government-backed push to get more people vaccinated for HPV could actually increase many people’s risk of getting cancer.
There’s more. In our initial coverage of Merck’s petition to expand the indication for Gardasil, we pointed out that a new study shows that women aged 25-29 who received the HPV vaccine have a lower probability of becoming pregnant. And that’s just the tip of the iceberg. The government’s vaccine adverse event reporting system (VAERS) lists a startling 57,287 adverse events from the vaccine, including 419 deaths—far more than any other vaccine. A World Health Organization study demonstrated that the vaccine has a tendency to produce clusters of serious adverse events. The American College of Pediatricians raised concerns that the vaccine could be linked to premature ovarian failure. And let’s not forget the former Merck doctor who said that Gardasil “will become the greatest medical scandal of all time,” that it “serves no other purpose than to generate profit for the manufacturer,” and, like some other vaccines, that it can cause “Guillain-Barré syndrome, paralysis of the lower limbs, vaccine-induced MS, and vaccine-induced encephalitis.”
Given these alarming facts, why would the FDA expand the number of people who get the HPV vaccine? Is the government so beholden to vaccine manufacturers that they will turn a blind eye to clear evidence of danger?
To learn more, be sure to watch our documentary on the dangers of this particular vaccine, Manufactured Crisis: HPV, Hype and Horror.
Action Alert! Write to Congress and the FDA, telling them that, given the safety concerns with the HPV vaccine, it is unconscionable to expand its use. Please send your message immediately.