by Barbara Loe Fisher
“The real punch of the show was its portrayal of HPV vaccination as “controversial,” he charged.” Merely to ask questions is to validate them.” He ended with a sucker punch: “Katie Couric established her credibility as a spokeswoman for preventive medicine more than a decade ago...now she’ll be known for promoting junk medicine instead.” 2
“Is Katie Couric the next Jenny McCarthy?” sneered a headline for an article in which a cub reporter sharpened her claws on Couric’s credibility by hissing “The damage a former Playboy Bunny has been able to do is bad enough. But Couric’s misdeeds are all the worse given that she’s taken much more seriously than Jenny McCarthy.” 3Continuing with that lame theme, an entertainment writer stuck it to Katie when she suggested that “To some, Couric's behavior is even more problematic than McCarthy's, given her stature as a respected journalist and former network news anchor, as well as her previous efforts to educate the public about the fight against cancer.” 4
She gave a pediatrician an opportunity to encourage parents to vaccinate their 11-year old boys and girls because “HPV vaccine does not seem to be any risker than any of the other vaccines we routinely use;” 11 12 and she gave a mother and her daughter an opportunity to enthusiastically endorse the vaccine. 13
“Some people say their children have suffered from a variety of medical problems after the HPV vaccination, and there have even been a few reports of death,” she said. “As a journalist, I felt that we couldn't simply ignore these reports. “
“There's been troubling research out of Australia that indicates some women are skipping their Pap tests because they have been vaccinated. That's a terrible idea. While the vaccine protects against some of the HPV strains that cause cervical cancers, it doesn't protect against all of them and regular Pap smears are essential for life-saving diagnoses,” she said.
“I had my own two daughters vaccinated against HPV. I hope that other parents will look at the research and the facts, and make a reasoned decision on the HPV vaccine and what is best for their children,” she said.
“The video depictions of mothers and daughters in tears will stay with thousands of Couric's loyal viewers. Her written mea culpa, not so much.” 50
- a vaccine developed by NIH researchers 75 using GMO technology that was sold by NIH to Merck 76 and fast-tracked to licensure using questionable surrogate markers for efficacy; 77 78
- a vaccine for a sexually transmitted disease that was tested in fewer than 1,200 children under the age of 16 79 using a bioactive aluminum “placebo” as a bogus control in clinical trials; 80 81 82 83 84
- a vaccine that was only tested in 1,000 adolescent girls and boys in combination with the federally recommended Tdap and meningococcal vaccines; 85
- a vaccine given by pediatricians shielded from legal accountability for vaccine injuries and deaths just like vaccine manufacturers are shielded from civil liability in U.S. courts; 86
- a vaccine that by Dec. 13, 2013, had generated nearly 30,000 adverse reaction reports to the U.S. government, including 140 deaths 87 - which is only a fraction of the numbers of Gardasil reactions, injuries and deaths that have actually occurred because most doctors either do not report to the government or make reports directly to Merck. 88 89 90
HPV Vaccination Made a Top Public Health Priority in U.S.
In what may or may not be a coincidence, at the end of December the Centers for Disease Control made HPV vaccination one of the top five "public health priorities" for 2014. In one media article, 95 the HPV vaccination rate of 30% in the U.S. was compared to the 85 percent vaccination rate in Rwanda, an impoverished, war-torn country where women have been dying in great numbers from cervical cancer because there has been no routine pap screening available to them. In 2011, Merck created a school-based vaccination program for all sixth graders in Rwanda to be injected with three doses of Gardasil vaccine. 96
But the United States is not Rwanda.
In America, cervical cancer has declined more than 70% after pap screening became a routine part of women’s health care in the 1960’s and, by 2006, pap tests had driven down the numbers of new cases of cervical cancer to 9,700 per year with about 3,700 deaths 97 in a U.S. population of more than 300 million people. In the U.S. the 14,000 annual deaths from six cancers associated with HPV98 99 100 101 102 103 104 represents less than 3 percent of the more than 550,000 cancer deaths that occur every year.
Many Other Public Health Emergencies in U.S. Deserve Priority Status
- Between 210,000 and 440,000 hospitalized patients each year suffer some type of preventable harm that contributes to their death; 106
- The U.S. has the worst infant mortality 107 and maternal mortality 108 109 rates of all developed nations, with 28,000 babies dying before their first birthday; 110
- Millions of children are becoming disabled or dying in the unexplained chronic illness epidemic 111 that costs trillions of dollars to treat: 1 child in 6 in America is learning disabled; 112 1 in 9 suffers with asthma; 113 1 in 10 has ADHD; 114 1 in 50 develops autism 115 and 1 in 450 becomes diabetic.116
- Millions more are suffering with mental health problems. One adolescent in 5 in the U.S. experiences significant symptoms of emotional distress and one in ten is emotionally impaired. 117
Perhaps the CDC is simply boosting the congressionally approved, lucrative public-private partnership with Pharma 118 119 120 121 122 123 124 by securing a bigger market for Merck's new 9-strain version of Gardasil scheduled to be licensed in the fall of 2014.125 Or perhaps the Merck-Government-Medical Trade lobby is planning another multi-state roll-out of HPV vaccine mandates for all sixth grade children in the U.S. just like they did in 2007.126 127 128
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