The Health Regulation Committee on Wednesday voted seven to zip in favor of SB 1116, a proposal to give parents of sixth-graders information on the human papillomavirus vaccine, which helps protect females from cervical cancer.
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration clearly states there is no proof that the HPV virus is the cause of cervical cancer. The Gardasil vaccine was developed to prevent a limited number of HPV infections but is falsely advertised as an anti-cervical cancer vaccine.
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The discussion and decisions regarding sexually transmitted diseases and children should take place between parents and healthcare providers and the state should not be endorsing this controversial HPV vaccine.
This isn't a discussion about sexually transmitted diseases. It's a discussion about whether a young girl should be given a vaccine that protects against several strains of a sexually transmitted infection that cause the bulk of cervical cancer cases. Failing to mention the whole cancer aspect is the exact opposite of promoting informed consent.
More than 15 HPV types are associated with cancer of the cervix and other genital cancers affecting women and men. Gardasil vaccine contains 2 of 15 HPV types most associated with cervical cancer and 2 HPV types associated with genital warts.
Gardasil vaccination involves a series of 3 injections over 6 months. Each injection costs $120 and all 3 injections are required.
Cervical cancer has been in decline for years with no vaccine. It declined by 74% from 1955 to 1992 and declined another 17% between 1998 and 2002 according to the American Cancer Society.