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  • rainnn_king rainnn_king Dec 23, 2010 12:41 PM Flag

    Ontario Coroner Won't Rule Gardasil® Out, In 14 Year Old's Death

    First, the caveats -- my personal opinions: In general, I believe Gardasil® has a role to play in public health immunizations, for girls who are openly sexually active, or are considering being active.

    That said -- I do feel it has been aggressively pushed, in part thorugh "Astroturfing" efforts, to an age range where it becomes an inappropriate risk -- in many, many 12-1/2, 13 and 14 year old girls. Girls who are not even considering being sexually active -- and know they aren't. In those cases, the potential for even rarely-appearing but serious side-effects is simply an unwarranted (even if small) risk for parents to assume, on behalf of their children. Parents and children should have the right to vaccinate -- but they also should have a completely informed consent, first. [It protects against only four of the at least eighteen strains of HPV, and it carries a small, but occasionally ferocious side effect profile -- a profile that cannot be predicted (with any existing test), based on other factors.]

    Now, the story -- a few days after a second dose of the vaccine, an Ontario girl, age 14, slipped into an unconsious state and drown -- in her family's bathtub. Much more here:

    The Ontario Coroner will not rule Gardasil out, as a contributing factor -- given how ferocious the girl's reaction was to the first course of the vaccine.

    There you have it. Truth -- whether one likes it, or not.

    [We should all tell the truth at Christmas, right?]


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