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Back to School Tip for Moms and Dads


Stephan Ridgway

Susan E. Wills - published on 08/18/14

Just say NO to the Gardasil vaccination.

With kids needing annual physicals to play sports in junior high and high school, it’s time for that annual trek to the doctor’s office. And many parents will be confronted with a recommendation that they have their daughter or son vaccinated with Gardasil while they’re there. What parent doesn’t want to protect his child from a virus that can cause cancer? That’s what Meredith Prohaska’s mom thought. So here’s a tragic but timely reminder of why you should just say “NO!”

Meredith Prohaska (age 12) loved sports – especially basketball and swimming. She was in excellent health and spirits (except for a slight cough) when her mom took her to the doctor’s office for a check-up on August 8.

A few hours later she was dead.

What happened? The doctor recommended that Meredith get the first (of three) Gardasil injections to reduce her risk of getting a type of human papillomavirus (HPV) infection that can cause cervical cancer. He was right about one thing: Meredith is no longer at risk of getting cervical cancer in 20-30 years.

She’s not the only healthy pre-teen who died within hours, weeks or months after being vaccinated with Gardasil. The U.S. media has been virtually silent about the number and severity of “adverse events” reportedly associated with Gardasil. The CDC, FDA and Merck, the vaccine’s manufacturer, have pooh-poohed any suggestion that Gardasil may have “caused” the number of deaths and disabilities reported to the Vaccine Adverse Events Reporting System (VAERS). And it’s true that the VAERS system is not designed to provide enough information to ascertain the precise cause of death. Many Gardasil-related adverse events may be simply coincidental; others – such as Guillain Barré, autoimmune disorders and blood clots – are reasonably linked to the vaccination

There is, however, at least an implicit recognition that bad things can sometimes happen to good people who get Gardasil shots. By law, vaccine manufacturers are shielded from private lawsuits brought in American courts for vaccine-related harm. Instead, Health and Human Services (HHS) set up a National Vaccine Injury Compensation Program. To date, about $6 million has been paid out for “compensable claims” to the victims of Gardasil and/or their surviving family members.

Here’s what the VAERS reports (to June 2014) reveal:

35,270  “Adverse Events,” of which
11,705   required a visit to the Emergency Room, and
 7,111   were conditions from which the victim has not recovered, including
 4,920   conditions deemed “Serious,” of which
 3,679   required Hospitalization, and
 1,156   have left girls Disabled, and
    640  were “Life Threatening,” and
    251  required an Extended Hospital Stay and
    169  girls Died.

Also, it should be noted, that doctors are finding a particularly disturbing side effect of Gardasil, that it increases pre-cancer and cancer: there have been 572 reports of abnormal pap smears; 243 cases of cervical dysplasia, and 78 cases of cervical cancer. As the vaccine reduces the risk of 4 strains of HPV (for betwen 2-5 years only), it is thought to increase the risk of cancer from the other strains.

Due to routine screening in the United States (Pap tests), the death rate from cervical cancer has declined by more than 70% in the past 40 years. The CDC reports that in 2010, fewer than 12,000 women in the U.S. acquired cervical cancer and fewer than 4,000 died from this type of cancer. It is not even among the top ten sites for cancer deaths among all women, and among White, Asian and American Indian women. It ranks as the 10th leading cancer cause of death only among Blacks and Hispanics. However, breast cancer is 12 times more likely to cause death among Black women and 9 times more likely to cause death among Hispanic women than is cervical cancer. Improved (free) screening

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