One of the lead researchers for the Merck drug has been speaking out about its risks, benefits and aggressive marketing and is shocked that this vaccine is being promoted in the developed world where the risk of cervical cancer is low and pap smears are successful in reducing mortality.
And I am very concerned about this vaccine’s safety.
As my MP, would you be willing to vaccinate your daughter, or recommend to friends to do so, if you had been made aware of this recent discovery that genetic fingerprint in post-mortem central nervous system samples of two girls who took this vaccine. Fragments of the HPV-16-L1 antigen used in Gardasil have been found in blood vessels within their brains?
2. Can you find any evidence that recombinant HPV DNA is safe?
The other very worrying fact is that 100% of the Gardasil vials in 2011 tested proved to be contaminated with a recombinant HPV DNA attached to aluminum. Although the government says now that this is safe, they have not provided any evidence that this is the case. In fact they denied the existence until testing proved otherwise. This is a vaccine cultured on Genetically Modified yeast. As far as I am aware, it is too early to tell if GM products are safe.
3. Is it safe & necessary to be giving 3 doses of this vaccine to our teenagers?
There is no evidence that boosters are necessary, a study included in the ECDC report found there was no difference in antibodies in groups of girls 4 years later who had received 1, 2 or 3 doses. Is £300 for 3 boosters a good value for money if £100 does the same job? This is terribly important as many girls experience worsening side effect with the second or third vaccine. Indeed, the JCVI is considering reducing the 3 shots to 2 next year but its own Phase 4 study will not be completed until next September.. this is a long time to continue testing out 3 doses on girls. http://clinicaltrials.gov/ct2/show/NCT00956553?term=hpv+vaccine&rank=12
4. Shouldn’t the nurses be vigilant for this Black triangle drug and not recommend subsequent doses if these possible ADRs are experienced?
Hundreds of stories, 2 in Reigate that I know of, share that serious joint ache and fatigue is suffered after the first dose for some girls, crutches after the second and a wheelchair after the second. The government has responded to suggestions, that these symptoms are ADRs which have affected an unknown number for girls off school for months, by staing that ME and Chronic Fatigue is in normal prevalence in the teenage female community. However, under the Freedom of Information act it has been shown that NO records for ME are kept and so the normal rate in society is not known.
5. Is is right to give a vaccine to a generation of girls before evidence that it will make them healthier? There are studies to show that the vaccine helps prevent infection of HPV virus but there are NO studies to prove that it stops cervical cancer – these results will not start to be known for the next 20-30 years when the first co-hort are screened over the age of 35 when most cases present. And there is no data showing the vaccine remains effective after more than 7 years (meaning you will need more boosters). The European Centre for disease prevention and control (HPV Guidance JULY 2012) says “It is still unknown how long effective immunity will last…up to 7 years at present. The HPV vaccine cannot replace cervical screening” NHS choices agrees http://www.nhs.uk/conditions/hpv-vaccination/pages/introduction.aspx?WT.mc_id=090805
6. Shouldn’t the girls be tested first to ensure that the vaccine will not increase the risk of cervical cancer. Merck warned the FDA that Gardasil may increase cancerous cervix lesions who are “already infected” with HPV 16 or 18 by 44.6%. Data from the US shows that abnormal pap smears, cervical cancer and cervical dysplasia have all increased during the last year each by over 20%, not conclusive of course, but worth considering the original warning. p.13 http://www.fda.gov/ohrms/dockets/ac/06/briefing/2006-4222B3.pdf
7. Shouldn’t we warn teenagers of this risk of ovarian failure?
Girls may even suffer ovarian failure after the HPV vaccination, like this girl, see the BMJ. Cases will be hidden with the contraceptive pill being prescribed. http://casereports.bmj.com/content/2012/bcr-2012-006879.abstract
8. Should safety information suggest that girls should rest if they experience fatigue or pain after Gardasil? Girls who are vaccinated during a period and girls who are extremely sporty and push through chronic pain after the vaccine. The hormone levels and/or the high level of histamine in highly active girls may be an issue with ADRs.
I do not believe children should be given such an avalanche of vaccines with unknown long-term consequences to benefit those two generations older than them. Introducing flu vaccination for all children in the UK is unnecessary, foolhardy and potentially dangerous.
1. JCVI statement on the annual influenza vaccination programme – extension of the programme to children. JCVI. 25 July 2012.
2. Hardelid P. Pebody R. Andrews N. Mortality caused by influenza and respiratory syncytial virus by age group in England and Wales 1999-2010. Influenza and other respiratory viruses 2012: DOI: 10.1111/j.1750-2659.2012.00345.x
3. Collignon P J, Doshi P, Jefferson T. Re: Adverse events following influenza vaccination in Australia – should we be surprised?
BMJ Rapid response. 11 March 2011
We have just launched a petition (within Greece) requesting freedom of choice
regarding vaccination of our children. We also have a lawyer who is putting
together a file of scientific and legal arguments to support our case. Towards
the end of May, after the elections, she will present our case at various
relevant bodies such as the Ministry of Health, Ministry of Education, the
Institute of Child Health and the National Immunisation Committee.
I am really excited about this and I hope that it will at least help open the
debate on this issue and prepare the grounds should a Court case arise in the
The Campaign is relying on donations (we need to raise 5,000 euros). If you are
willing and able to help, we’d be really grateful!
We also have a special bank account for this purpose in Greece, but I believe that the cost for an
international transfer is quite high. In any case, if you don’t have a paypal account and still wish to make a donation, please email me and we will find another way.
The petition can be found at:
It is in Greek and we are only collecting signatures from within Greece at the
moment, but here is a translation of the text in English for your information.
FREEDOM OF CHOICE FOR THE VACCINATION OF OUR CHILDREN
Target: Greek Ministry of Health, Greek Ministry of Education
In Greece, all school-age children are required to provide proof that they have
received all vaccines listed on the National Immunisation Programme in order to
be admitted to school. The only exemption to this requirement is a medical
exemption. According to the latest National Immunisation Programme (2011), this
amounts to a total of 14 different vaccines, with many requiring multiple doses.
According to the authorities, compulsory vaccination is necessary in order to
protect public health. However, each vaccine comes with a list of potential
adverse effects and we believe that no one should have the right to force
parents to take such risks for their children.
Most parents who claim freedom of choice regarding vaccination have serious
concerns over the short term and long term safety of vaccines, as well as doubts
over their efficacy.
Vaccines contain toxic ingredients, such as aluminium derivatives, known to
cause brain damage, formaldehyde, which is carcinogenic, Monosodium Glutamate
(MSG), which is a neurotoxin and polysorbate 80, which is linked to severe
anaphylactic reactions. Additionally, the Package Insert and Patient Information
Leaflet of each vaccine list a number of possible short term adverse reactions
ranging from redness at the injection site to a high fever, seizures and
anaphylactic shock. Studies have also associated vaccines with autism, as well
as auto-immune disorders such as Diabetes Mellitus, Crohn’s disease, rheumatoid
arthritis and Gillain-Barre Syndrome to mention just a few. Additionally,
vaccines have not been tested to see whether they cause cancer or fertility
Much of the research carried out on vaccines is funded by the pharmaceutical
industry. In its December 2009 Factsheet (no. 335), the World Health
Organisation reported: “Corruption in the pharmaceutical sector occurs
throughout all stages of the medicines chain, from research and development to
dispensing and promotion”.
There is now an increasing number of medical experts, such as those belonging to
the International Medical Council on Vaccination, who openly disagree with the
generally accepted view that vaccines are safe and efficacious. The conclusions
of the Council have been reached individually by each member, after rigorous
personal research, study and observation.
Finally, many of the “vaccine-preventable” diseases are either so rare or so
mild, that a parent should have the freedom to decide whether or not they want
to vaccinate their child. Most vaccination exemptions are only given after a
child has already been damaged by a vaccine. It is the parents who will have to
live with and take care of a vaccine-damaged child. Therefore, parents should
have the freedom to choose what risks they are willing to take.
We, the undersigned, request that vaccines are no longer compulsory for
attendance to school. Since the pharmaceutical companies admit (in their package
inserts) that vaccines may cause serious side effects, including permanent
injury, we believe that forcing parents to take such a risk is unconstitutional
and an invasion of our human rights.
We therefore petition for freedom of choice regarding vaccination of our
Friends and relatives, and the wider community, will judge non vaccinating parents and their children. The topic is emotive already (a mother on line shared that she was spat at after a mother & toddler group because she does not vaccinate) but this accusation needs retracting by the program makers as already on line some parents have been incited to be aggressive towards others.
Clearly the presenter lead the question to the parents of the baby who died, and did not have the facts to back up the allegation which are..
One baby a year tragically dies from whooping cough each year but the show’s omission to say this would imply that these deaths are more widespread. They misrepresented the risk of disease and were scaremongering.
I will keep you updated on this compliant. Meanwhile I have included more detail below.
Whooping cough goes in cycles – please look at the HPA website to see that we are not experiencing unusually high cases of whooping cough during this generation. As for vaccination coverage, 95% of UK parents use this vaccine so the WHO level for ‘herd immunity’ has been reached. So why are babies still getting whooping cough and why does a baby die from whooping cough every year here?
This vaccine is the least effective, the UK gov is planning on bringing in another booster, as the number of cases of whooping cough has risen in the older age groups as it is thought that the effects of the vaccine ‘wear off’.
Why are babies getting whooping so young? Naturally the mother would confer natural immunity for the early months if she had had whooping cough, and if she was breast feeding would see a baby through any respiratory infection without complication. Well less mothers are able to pass on that immunity and less are breastfeeding their babies.
Why are the authorities and the media implying that non vaccinating parents are to blame for the increase then? It doesn’t seem logical that if most ARE vaccinating how can the non vaccinated be blamed. Why isn’t the Q. asked about this vaccine efficacy? And why aren’t the authorities asking us to be vigilant and informed about our children’s cough before mixing with tiny babies and why aren’t parents told more about the benefits of lower infections and hospitalisation when a baby is exclusively breastfed?
If you don’t have time to research vaccines then please accept that there are 2 sides and the government will only tell you one side of a story. Did you know for example, that formaldehyde is added to vaccines in the attempt to make the animal DNA, animal protein and virus inactive. That the placebo in vaccine safety trials are always OTHER VACCINES, it is never benign. That there is not a control group and that the health outcomes for the vaccinated and the unvaccinated have never been officially compared.
There is a very different side of this news item that mainstream UK news is not mentioning, and I would like to know why?
New Delhi, Jan. 15:
“India’s health ministry, celebrating a year of freedom from wild polio, now faces a dilemma that public health experts had predicted years ago: the very vaccine it is using to fight polio is causing more polio paralysis than the wild poliovirus.”
The Web site of the National Polio Surveillance Project (NPSP) reveals that the number of cases of Acute Flaccid Paralysis (AFP) in children increased from 3,047 to 60,466 (20 times) during 1997 to 2011!
With many stories of forced vaccinations in the Developing World, where there is no compensation for ADRs, surely this makes a mockery of informed choice and state responsibility. For example, there were recently some arrests of teachers refusing entry of armed Polio vaccination teams to the school..
The ‘data’ may show less Polio in the developing World but at what cost? Are the children healthier? Is paralysis any less or is it just called by a different name? Where is the journalistic quality here? The UK found that the chances of developed polio from vaccine-derived polio virus (VDPV) were higher than from wild polio and changed to the inactive vaccine in 2004 …..
Furthermore, Polio is very much associated with poor clean water & sanitation and nutrition. The WHO puts water as a first priority overall as a prevention to reduce mortality (vaccines are placed second) and UNICEF puts exclusive Breastfeeding first for reducing child mortality in the under 5s. So why has UK spending on water programs reduced and where is the investment in promotion of Breastfeeding?
In comparison, £800,000,000 tax payers money was given to GAVI last June to increase the vaccination programs but where is evidence of better health outcomes overall? Vaccines are not necessarily linked to better long term health but the presumption is left unchallenged. Why is the UK Government not independently assessing this GAVI contract and why are your journalists not asking questions?
Please explain why the BBC does not even scratch the surface.
I look forward to your reply.
Nicola Adolphe, Arnica member and researcher, had 45 minutes with Stephen O’Brien, International Development Minister in December. She was presenting data from the The Spirit Level which looked at breast feeding, water & sanitation, and nutrition having far greater outcomes than vaccines in all countries. Dr Jayne Donegan was her partner. The fact that this meeting even took place is an amazing start, thanks to Nicola and her MP Oliver Letwin.
The main item to follow up is that Oliver Letwin MP said that the WHO should monitor and compare the vaccinated countries and the unvaccinated, with the variable of breastfeeding uptake. Unicef states on their site that Exclusive Breastfeeding is the single most effective intervention for preventing child deaths under a year. And I much rather see a breast feeding mother poster any day, compared to a starving child with a needle in their arm.
The girls asked that the outcomes should not just be linked to ‘numbers’ of vaccines given but on health outcomes overall. There was some stuttering but yes health outcomes were of course important. As with any pledge I wonder if the ‘agreement’ has a ‘change of mind’ clause, just in case the health outcomes were not improved. But it seems that monitoring this money and the safety of delivering millions of doses of vaccines is not a concern to Mr O’Brien.
The Minister wanted to leave all policy to the WHO and responsibility to GAVI, but considering that many GAVI board members have financial interests in the manufacture of vaccines and the WHO has missed some vital safety issues in the past, we shouldn’t be complacent. It was admitted in the meeting that there is no evidence that live vaccines are safe for Aids sufferers (indeed the manufacturers advise against giving live vaccines to HIV and Aids patients). The WHO sanctions this practice based only upon one study looking at HIV sufferers, not Aids. A UK government aide offered that there also was no evidence of harm…. mmm, we will send them the Merck manual which states
Anyway, thank you to all who wrote letters to your MPs, we will keep you in touch with the next phase.
Water will still be hot on the agenda as water is officially THE most effective intervention in the world say the HPA, yet just a few percent of Aid goes to water programs and this has dropped over the years. Something just does not add up.
p.s. I don’t suppose these news items will ring any bells for any one…
New neurological ‘Nodding Syndrome‘ in S Sudan – the CDC are looking into malnutrition as a possible cause. I guess they will not look at the Polio vaccination as a possible cause? 6 million children were vaccinated in 2010 after mass drive, many of whom had several doses. Malnutrition will be indicated of course but not to investigate a live vaccine, when neurological ADRs are the most reported serious ADR with vaccines, is a glaring omission.
Dear Sir / Madam, (To the UNICEF reps in Nigeria)
I was at the GAVI conference where a journalist asked about compensation and the question was avoided. However, I am concerned that ‘promoters’ of health and vaccines would still want informed choice and a damage payment scheme, especially as many thousands of cases of paralytic Polio are vaccine induced. If health prevention is forced surely it means ethically that you need to have a good safety surveillance in place, treatment and compensation, like we attempt to do in the West.
Polio can harm but so too can the vaccine…There are many cases of vaccine injury but here is a rare case of compensation
Further concern is that immunosuppressed individuals should not take the live Oral Polio Vaccine, including people with AIDS, HIV infection, other immunodeficiency diseases. Please see the vaccine insert from the manufacturer for contraindications. Therefore, I wonder how babies are being tested for HIV and AIDs before being vaccinated with Polio.
My questions therefore are:
Do you support forced vaccination with threat of jail or at gunpoint? If this is happening how will you respond?
How are vaccines delivered safely in response to the manufacturers own recommendations which are not to vaccinate those with infection?
How will vaccine damage monitored and be compensated?
I look forward to your considered reply,
I directed my question to the board chair of GAVI Dagfinn Hoybraten
“NO” was the blunt answer, “we are only purchasing vaccines”.
Thankfully Sally Beck was there and asked the key question.
“Vaccines are safe and magic” was the general reply. There was Psychosis over the whole panel at that point. Andrew Mitchell needs educating.
A Reuters reporter asked “How can you assure us that this is not just another way of lining the pockets of the Pharmaceutical companies?”
CBS chose the same angle…
Daniel Berman, a vaccines expert at Doctors Without Borders, said it was exciting so much money had been pledged towards saving lives. But he questioned whether the millions of taxpayer dollars would be spent properly.
A 2009 study published in the journal “The Lancet” showed dozens of developing countries exaggerated figures on vaccination rates, allowing them to get more money from the alliance. Researchers said these countries immunized half as many children as they claimed.
Shame the UK press did not do their investigating. They mostly questioned if £800,000,000 for vaccine aid was fair to the UK people at a time like this, rather than questioning the whole concept. If they want ‘value for money’ then it will be up to us to give them the data…
Working on that!
…sent to the HPA
Please justify the use of the word considerable in your statement “there is considerable risk of catching measles if they are not protected”
There are 3 million such children made up of nearly 2 million totally unvaccined and a million without full boosters. Actually, the confirmed cases of measles is very small at 20 per month in England and Wales (From the HPA site) so I would suggest that the chances of an ‘unprotected’ child contracting measles very small.
Please also provide figures for the “serious consequences” from measles as I can’t seem to find any. There were just 19 complications in 2007 for mumps but it is impossible to find out the type and serious nature of the complications. The HPA said they ” are unable to provide this information to you as it falls under deductive disclosure due to a smaller dataset, and we would be in breach of patient confidentiality if this information is disclosed.”.
I understand that the role of the HPA is to reduce the spread of disease, however, this letter implies that if a child is not vaccinated then they are at considerable risk of contracting Measles when the data does not support this.
….The reply was that they were acting within national policy… well that’s OK then!
With 2 million children under 18 years old totally unvaccinated and a further million children not ‘fully protected’ with just one jab, the several hundred confirmed measles cases each year year is akin to the risk of being struck by lightening. With 1 in 15 complications with measles reported in the Green Book, I am guessing that again, like mumps complications, the subset will be too small to release data for. I wonder if the 1 in 15 complications are taken from the UK of the states, which is significant.