Researchers have examined Swedish and Danish health registers that include roughly 300,000 girls vaccinated with HPV and compared them with almost 700,000 unvaccinated girls born from 1988 to 2000 in Sweden and Denmark.
“We see nothing indicating that the HPV vaccine involves any risk of serious side effects,” says Associate Professor Lisen Arnheim-Dahlström of Karolinska Institute’s (KI’s) Department of Medical Epidemiology and Biostatistics.
They only considered diagnoses of serious life threatening issues, not minor effects like localized bruising, redness, swelling, or fevers. After going over 300,000 girls’ medical records, there was no indication that vaccination presented any health risks over the baseline population.
It’s also very effective.
“Clinical studies involving nearly ten years of follow-up show that the vaccine works. We see that girls who are vaccinated do not exhibit the kinds of cell changes that preceed cervical cancer. These are the results for nearly 100 percent of cases for the HPV types the vaccine is for. The vaccine has the most effect when it is given to girls who have not had any sexual encounters,” the researcher said.
She says the vaccine is 93 percent effective for girls who are vaccinated at age 10 to 13, whereas the effect is about 70 percent for young women aged 14-17.
The article discusses the results seen to date in Australia, which saw cases of genital warts drop precipitously after the vaccine was introduced. We see the same trends here in America with Gardasil’s excellent safety record after 35 million doses and counting.
Preaching to the choir, I know. By this point the medical community has proven its safety and efficacy many times over in different parts of the world. The problem, however, is not with medical science, rather with getting the public to stop assuming that just because someone’s famous or on TV that they know what the hell they’re talking about. Vapid jellybeans like Jenny McCarthy and Michelle Bachmann have near-singlehandedly perpetuated the myth that there’s still something to the long-debunked “relationship” between vaccines and autism. Hell it was just two years ago Bachmann told the nation that nonsense about a mother walking up to her after a debate, telling her that her daughter suffered mental retardation after receiving the HPV immunization.
This should fall squarely under the First Amendment … in the sense that while free speech should be enshrined, spreading false information that has the potential to prevent people from receiving life-saving treatment should be considered public endangerment and thus illegal. We’d probably have to throw the book at half of the Catholic hierarchy in America for maintaining the lie that Plan B causes abortions. Not that I have a problem with this, but I suspect that it won’t get the traction it needs to keep people with enough money and influence from their normal fear-mongering.
Well, at least reality’s on our side. Let’s hope it means something.