Thursday, August 23, 2007

Another vaccine alert.

From the start this HPV (it is NOT a cancer) vaccine has been really freaky, it's been highly reactive in the short time it's been on the market. I just don't understand how the medical community shrugs this off. I really don't.

http://www.mothering.com/sections/news_bulletins/august2007.html


HPV Vaccine and Greater Risk of Guillain-Barre Syndrome

The National Vaccine Information Center (NVIC) has issued a new report on risks associated with the HPV vaccine Gardasil. Analyzing adverse events reported to the federal Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System (VAERS), an association between Gardasil and Guillain-Barre Syndrome (GBS) was found. A statistically significant increased risk of GBS (and other serious adverse events) were noted when Gardasil is co-administered with other vaccines, especially the meningococcal vaccine Menactra.

GBS is a disorder in which the body's immune system attacks part of the peripheral nervous system, and can cause total paralysis. "Our analysis of Gardasil reports to VAERS indicates there was a two to 12 times greater likelihood that serious adverse events, such as GBS, were reported when Gardasil was given in combination with Menactra rather than given alone," said Vicky Debold, PhD, RN, NVIC director of patient safety. "Accepted scientific standards indicate that these findings are statistically significant and cannot be dismissed as coincidence. In particular, the available VAERS data show there was a more than 1,000 percent increased risk of GBS reports following Gardasil administration when Menactra was given at the same time."

On February 21, 2007 NVIC had expressed concern about the safety of administering Gardasil simultaneously with other vaccines because the manufacturer (Merck), the FDA and the CDC had not provided evidence to the public that co-administration was safe. (1) On March 12, the CDC published recommendations for Gardasil use that acknowledged a lack of evidence that Gardasil can be safely administered with other vaccines, while still encouraging physicians to co-administer Menactra and other vaccines with Gardasil based on assumption of safety. (2)

NVIC is calling on the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) to issue an Advisory and amend its March 12 policy by alerting the public that Gardasil has been associated with 15 cases of GBS and an increased risk of GBS and other serious adverse event reports made to VAERS when the vaccine is administered simultaneously with Menactra and other vaccines. "The precautionary principle dictates that good science should precede CDC vaccine policy recommendations," said Barbara Loe Fisher, NVIC co-founder and president. "Parents have a right to expect proof of safety and not assumption of safety before new vaccines, like Gardasil, are given simultaneously with other vaccines to their children.

To view a copy of NVIC's report on HPV vaccine (Gardasil) safety, go to http://www.nvic.org/Diseases/HPV/HPVHOME.htm. To report a vaccine reaction, go to https://www.nvic.org/report/reaction.htm.
References:
1) Vaccine Safety Group Releases Gardasil Report: Calls on FDA and CDC to Warn Doctors and Parents to Report to VAERS, February 21, 2007 http://www.nvic.org/Diseases/HPV/pr022107HPV.htm.2) Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Quadrivalent Human Papillomavirus Vaccine: Recommendations of the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP). Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR) Early Release 2007; 56 March 12, 2007:1-24. http://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/preview/mmwrhtml/rr56e312a1.htm SOURCE: National Vaccine Information Center

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