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Drug Conglomerate funds campaign to impose Mandatory HPV Vaccine on Young Girls
LifeSiteNews ^ | 2/2/07 | Gudrun Schultz

Posted on 02/02/2007 3:01:03 PM PST by wagglebee

UNITED STATES, February 2, 2007 (LifeSiteNews.com) - A nation-wide campaign to introduce mandatory vaccination against the sexually-transmitted Human Papilloma Virus for girls as young as nine is being funded by the drug company that produced the vaccine.

Gardasil, the highly-publicized vaccine recently developed to prevent HPV infections in sexually active young women, has been aggressively marketed in the US as a protection against the disease responsible for the vast majority of cervical cancer. HPV is contracted through sexual activity, with sexually promiscuous behavior greatly increasing the likelihood of infection.

The massive drug company Merck and Co. developed the vaccine. Merck is helping to fund efforts to establish state laws mandating immunization of 11 and 12 year olds, according to a report released by the Life Issues Institute Jan.31. The company has admitted to funneling money through the advocacy group Women in Government, with a membership of female state legislators. Members of the group have backed many of the state measures to introduce mandatory immunization with Gardasil.

Merck has refused to say how much money is being spent on the lobbying efforts, but reports say their budget in Texas alone has doubled to between $150,000 to $250,000.
 
The US Food and Drug Administration approved Gardasil in July 2006 for sale and marketing to girls as young as nine. Later that month a CDC committee voted unanimously to recommend that girls ages 11 and 12 receive the vaccine.

Legislation has been introduced in five states that would make vaccination for HPV mandatory for young girls, including Colorado, Connecticut, Kansas, Michigan, and Wisconsin. A similar bill in Maryland is to be withdrawn, but will likely be reintroduced during the next legislative session, according to a report by the Kaiser Network.

Most of the bills would require girls to receive the immunization by age 11--some contain parental opt-out clauses that would allow parents to refuse the vaccine for their daughter by signing a document indicating they were informed on the issue.

If the state measures are ratified, the financial boon to Merck would be significant. As it stands the company stands to reach at least $1 billion in sales per year, according to estimates by drug-industry analyst Steve Brozak with WBB Securites.

Forcing the vaccine on young girls is an infringement on the rights of their parents, opponents say, and ignores the fact that HPV is a highly preventable disease largely caused by risky sexual behavior.

“Even though most states propose opt-out provisions for parents who have moral objections, the requirement intrudes on families’ privacy and it begins to chip away at parents’ authority to make moral and medical decisions for their children,” said Bradley Mattes, executive director of the Life Issues Institute. “Further, it sends a conflicting message to children whose parents advocate abstinence until marriage.

Mandating immunization sends the message to young girls that they are expected to engage in sexual activity, Mattes said.

“It appears nearly everyone discussing the issue seems to have abdicated the concept of abstinence until marriage - the best and most simple answer.”

As well, Mattes said the vaccine would undo years of effort to reduce the pregnancy and abortion rate of teenage girls by providing a “false sense of security among many girls, resulting in more teenage sex, other STDs, pregnancy and abortion.”

See Life Issues Institute report:
http://www.lifeissues.org/breakingnews.html

See report from the Kaiser Network:
http://kaisernetwork.org/daily_reports/rep_index.cfm?DR_ID=4...


TOPICS: Business/Economy; Culture/Society; Extended News; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: captaingardasil; cervicalcancer; gardasil; govwatch; healthcare; hpv; hpvvaccine; merck; moralabsolutes
Mandating immunization sends the message to young girls that they are expected to engage in sexual activity, Mattes said.

“It appears nearly everyone discussing the issue seems to have abdicated the concept of abstinence until marriage - the best and most simple answer.”

But this interferes with the left's agenda and hundreds of millions of dollars in profits.

1 posted on 02/02/2007 3:01:05 PM PST by wagglebee
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2 posted on 02/02/2007 3:03:51 PM PST by wagglebee ("We are ready for the greatest achievements in the history of freedom." -- President Bush, 1/20/05)
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To: wagglebee

I think it should be up to the parents to get this for their child. The government needs to stay out of this!


3 posted on 02/02/2007 3:06:22 PM PST by proudofthesouth (Mao said that power comes at the point of a rifle; I say FREEDOM does.)
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To: wagglebee
being funded by the drug company that produced the vaccine.,p>Nope, no conflict of interest there. Just interested in the public well-being. /sarc.
4 posted on 02/02/2007 3:07:55 PM PST by Seņor Zorro ("The ability to speak does not make you intelligent"--Qui-Gon Jinn)
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To: proudofthesouth

Here's a question...let's say a parent opts out of getting this vaccine for their child. This child grows up and contracts the disease...is the parent culpable? I mean, if there are no side effects...why not? The child doesn't have to know when she's nine years old what the vaccine is for.

Everyone hopes their daughters make the good decisions, but if they don't, does that mean they deserve to get a terrible disease that they didn't have to? I really want a debate about his.


5 posted on 02/02/2007 3:10:48 PM PST by Hildy (RUDY IN 2008)
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To: Hildy
I mean, if there are no side effects
But what if there are?
What about long term effects?
What about unintended consequences?

If the government is allowed to order this, what about the next thing that is "for your own good"?
What about parental authority?

Now... A Challenge for you.

Just try and find the drug information sheet that you get with any other drug, or immunization. The one that gives you the test information.
Remember, I'm not talking about the little "trust us" advertising pamphlet; I mean the one with all the fine print.
Ping me when you get your hands on it.

Cordially,
GE
6 posted on 02/02/2007 3:18:28 PM PST by GrandEagle
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To: Hildy

This drug has not been tested and followed over the long term. A friend of mine who worked STD at the CDC while this vaccine was being developed said she would not recommend it for her own daughters for that reason alone.

The drug was developed for high risk girls 11-15 who already had multiple sex partners. There was a risk/reward situation.

Do what you think is best, but what if your daughter were to develop tumors ten years from now?


7 posted on 02/02/2007 3:19:45 PM PST by ShutUpandSing
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To: GrandEagle

You always decide the pros and cons when taking any medication. I don't know the ones on this vaccination. But it's a very complicated issue. As a woman who was once a young girl (sometimes it's hard to believe), I just don't think being vaccinated against a disease is going to make someone go out and have sex who wouldn't have had it anyway. That's the way I see it.


8 posted on 02/02/2007 3:21:13 PM PST by Hildy (RUDY IN 2008)
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To: Hildy

But this is taking MORE of the responsibility AWAY from the parents. Hey, I come from a dysfunctional family. My parents weren't the best but they did make sure that I had all my shots. If this vaccine had been around 40 years ago my PARENTS would have made sure I got it - NOT the state!


9 posted on 02/02/2007 3:21:52 PM PST by proudofthesouth (Mao said that power comes at the point of a rifle; I say FREEDOM does.)
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To: ShutUpandSing

That's my question...I don't know enough about this drug/vaccination.


10 posted on 02/02/2007 3:22:04 PM PST by Hildy (RUDY IN 2008)
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To: GrandEagle
"If the government is allowed to order this, what about the next thing that is "for your own good"?<>/i>

Well, this isn't the FIRST time, for crying out loud. There have been other vaccinations kids have had to get or they couldn't attend school - why so much fuss over this vaccination??? And, what has been the "next thing" that was for our own good??

11 posted on 02/02/2007 3:26:27 PM PST by jackibutterfly
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To: Hildy

I'm going to put my faith in my friend. When someone from the CDC won't vaccinate their own daughters, I think I'll decline to vaccinate mine. Info on this is very sketch. I want to see long term testing on this, and then I want to see the study put out in lay terms that I can understand. And I sure as hell don't want it to come from Merck!


12 posted on 02/02/2007 3:28:05 PM PST by ShutUpandSing
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To: Hildy
I just don't think being vaccinated against a disease is going to make someone go out and have sex who wouldn't have had it anyway.
I tend to agree with you on this one. The problem with this one is you have no way to weigh the pros and cons. The information is simply not available. The ONLY thing you can get your hands on is the sales pamphlet.
This vaccine has been out only a very short time and was crammed through acceptance testing.
I have done extensive research and to the best that I can find out, it is safe. You wouldn't believe what I had to go through to get the information.
I would resist with everything I have if the government makes it mandatory - it is simply not the governments place to make me give my girls an injection - period.
If this is allowed, it is truly over, there will be no limits to what the sheeple will allow the government to do.
13 posted on 02/02/2007 3:30:35 PM PST by GrandEagle
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To: GrandEagle

Don't children have to have mandatory vaccinations before entering school?


14 posted on 02/02/2007 3:37:37 PM PST by Hildy (RUDY IN 2008)
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To: jackibutterfly
There have been other vaccinations kids have had to get or they couldn't attend school
True - the government only mandated these if you attend the governments schools.
They were also diseases that you could get by just being around others.
AND... since YOU brought it up - check the statistics on how often people got polio from the oral vaccine. Somewhere around the early to mid 60's you chances of getting polio from the government reccomended vaccine were greater than if you didn't get the vaccine. Not so with the injection - but the oral vaccine was deadly.
A friend classmate of mine got polio from the vaccine.

And, what has been the "next thing" that was for our own good??
Well, for starters - this.
15 posted on 02/02/2007 3:38:17 PM PST by GrandEagle
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To: Hildy
Don't children have to have mandatory vaccinations before entering school?
Only if you want to go to government schools.
16 posted on 02/02/2007 3:39:14 PM PST by GrandEagle
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To: Hildy
I don't know enough about this drug/vaccination.
You will not be able to find out any information either.
17 posted on 02/02/2007 3:41:43 PM PST by GrandEagle
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To: Hildy
Anytime the medical community gets this excited about a drug, I get the creeps. Thalidomide and RotaShield leap immediately to mind.
18 posted on 02/02/2007 3:41:51 PM PST by LongElegantLegs (...a urethral syringe used to treat syphilis with mercury.)
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To: proudofthesouth

"I think it should be up to the parents to get this for their child. The government needs to stay out of this!"

Couldn't agree more.


19 posted on 02/02/2007 3:44:42 PM PST by nj26 (Secure Our Borders and Respect Life! Vote Hunter '08! No Rudy or McCain!)
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To: GrandEagle
If this is allowed, it is truly over, there will be no limits to what the sheeple will allow the government to do.

The governor of Texas (a Republican) signed an E.O. today making this mandatory there, albeit with an opt-out clause for "religious or philosophical" reasons.

Drip, drip, drip....

20 posted on 02/02/2007 3:48:47 PM PST by workerbee (Ladies do not start fights, but they can finish them.)
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To: wagglebee
Ooooh - a splinter cohort of Republicans is daring to challenge the absolute right of pharma companies to tell consumers what is good for them? Don't let the RNC find out about this, or it's off with your heads, peasants!
21 posted on 02/02/2007 3:56:25 PM PST by BlazingArizona (co)
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To: ShutUpandSing

CDC does not do vaccine approval. That is the province of the FDA. Its statement on the vaccine can be found at http://www.fda.gov/cber/products/hpvmer060806qa.htm. It is highly unlikely that anyone will get a tumor from it as it is a typical antiviral vaccine that only includes proteins from the surface of the HPV strains.

It was tested on 20,000+ people in stage II trials. You have to get the vaccine before you get the virus to be sure of avoiding the disease. More information is available at http://ott.od.nih.gov/current_issues/issues-ended-09-18-2006.html

It is expensive and takes three jabs spaced over 6 months. Which means that requiring it may be silly. Let free people make their own decisions.

HPV virus is the most common STD. A girl's future husband may have it and not know it. If one wants to vastly lower one's daughter's risk of cervical cancer and genital warts, then why not?

And no, I don't work for a drug company.


22 posted on 02/02/2007 4:44:41 PM PST by cosine
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To: wagglebee

I think it's way too early to mandate this vaccination for every girl. But I don't understand why a parent would be against it if their female children were in good health. If a virginal woman married a non-virginal man, she could get HPV from him during marital relations. If, heaven forbid, a virginal or married woman were raped, at least she would be protected from HPV.

There are plenty of good reasons to advise absinence outside of marriage, but the real world can pose complicated situations. What is the down side of having more protection against cancer?

And who says a nine-year-old needs a blow-by-blow description of how you get exposed to the virus? Can't parents just say it's a vaccine like the one against measles, except this one protects women against cancer?


23 posted on 02/02/2007 4:49:27 PM PST by edweena
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To: Hildy

No, there are exemptions available in every single state. A few only allow medical exemptions, most have religious exemptions, and many allow philosophical exemptions.


24 posted on 02/02/2007 4:51:16 PM PST by Politicalmom ("Always vote for principle...and your vote is never lost."-John Quincy Adams)
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To: LongElegantLegs
Then I take it you don't like antibiotics. Or tetanus, polio, diphtheria, yellow fever, small pox, or HIB vaccines. Or insulin, clotting factor, or anticoagulants, beta blockers, statins, or ACE inhibitors.

Quite often the medical community gets excited because the drugs keep a lot of people from being killed by miserable diseases.
25 posted on 02/02/2007 4:53:30 PM PST by cosine
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To: All

See this link for reported side effects.

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/news/1778223/posts?page=70#70


26 posted on 02/02/2007 4:53:50 PM PST by Politicalmom ("Always vote for principle...and your vote is never lost."-John Quincy Adams)
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To: GrandEagle; Hildy; All
If the disease is sexually transmitted,it stands to reason both sexes are vulnerable.
What does HPV do to men?
And where is the vaccine for our sons?
If HPV is a virus, it can mutate. What happens to vaccinated females exposed to potential mutated HPV super strains?

What might the consequences be for my daughters potential future husband if she is vaccinated, but he was not?
All vaccines have a certain percentage of "negative reactions", what are the symptoms and potential long term negative affects for those who will react negatively to the vaccine?
How can anyone claim the vaccine is "safe", and that there are no potential longterm consequences, if no long term clinical trials have been performed?
It is a series of three shots as I understand, so it doesn't appear benign and "totally safe" to me.

I have lots of questions, and I want my answers to contain factual information from the CDC,the FDA, and my daughters personal physician.
I don't care what politicians, special interest groups, and pharmaceutical companies claim to be true.

It sounds good, but no thanks for now.
I am not willing to have my daughter participate in this particular endeavor.
There is no history of cervical cancer in her family background.
27 posted on 02/02/2007 5:00:41 PM PST by sarasmom ( War is not the most vile of the evils humanity commits . There is always apathy...)
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To: Politicalmom

And see this link at the FDA which is the vaccine label and describes the frequency of reported adverse conditions in the clinical trials. Note that fainting, arthritis, fever, and autoimmune disorders were also reported by people who received a placebo.

http://www.fda.gov/cber/label/hpvmer013007LB.pdf


28 posted on 02/02/2007 5:22:08 PM PST by cosine
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To: Hildy
Don't children have to have mandatory vaccinations before entering school?

There used to be exemptions available, religious and otherwise.

This book was a tremendous help to us in navigating the turbulent waters of state law.

Confessions of a Medical Heretic by Robert Mendelsohn

http://www.amazon.com/Confessions-Medical-Heretic-Robert-Mendelsohn/dp/0809241315

29 posted on 02/02/2007 5:35:29 PM PST by b9 (America is great because America is good ~ Duncan Hunter)
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To: edweena

exactly. Can you imagine any scenario where a girl is thinking about having sex and says to herself..well, I'm vaccinated against HPV, so..WHAT THE HELL!!! It's ludicrous.


30 posted on 02/02/2007 5:59:59 PM PST by Hildy (RUDY IN 2008)
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To: wagglebee

Agreed, also no one mentions that this "push campaign", which is really a colusion between Government/Political Correctness (liberal fads), and greedy corps whom would rather take special benefits through governmental interference in the market, and liberal politics.

Its really sad when in really I agree with the person whom said that the safest, and most viable answer to HPV/Cancer is Abstinance, sadly because of ~liberals worldview~ THEY WILL ignore this fact, and many will be hurt..


31 posted on 02/02/2007 6:35:15 PM PST by JSDude1 (www.pence08.com.)
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To: wagglebee

This vaccine should only be offered voluntarily to women eighteen or older. Just my opinion.


32 posted on 02/02/2007 6:56:08 PM PST by Catmom
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To: cosine

I don't like anything being forced on my children by strangers, ESPECIALLY brand-new, rapidly 'tested' wonder drugs that smell like snake oil.
Anyway, sorry for questioning the priesthood...I'll keep my heretical opinions to myself.


33 posted on 02/02/2007 7:07:52 PM PST by LongElegantLegs (...a urethral syringe used to treat syphilis with mercury.)
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To: cosine
It is expensive and takes three jabs spaced over 6 months

$150 per pop cost to the doc times 3 times = $450 + office visit cost x 3 times = ?. I've got a question for everybody. With all these "cost saving measures" by the insurance companies, has anybody's insurance rate gone down? Or even maintained?

34 posted on 02/02/2007 7:24:21 PM PST by au eagle
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To: wagglebee

I would like to see scientific data that shows that HPV prevails throughout the female population, including those claiming celebacy and monogamy.

If it can proven that the virus is everywhere and always causes cervical cancers, etc. then the numbers should show it clearly.

Otherwise, Governor Perry and the rest of the pro-vaccine crowd are pushing something unproven with a potential of future risks.

But far be it that scientific reason should reign over desires for power, social engineering, money motive and/or religious dogmatism


35 posted on 02/02/2007 8:53:16 PM PST by sully777 (You have flies in your eyes--Catch-22)
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To: wagglebee

In Australia the drug was considered an Optional drug - you want it you pay for it. But, as some complained about the $600 price tag and pushed for it to be Subsidised or made free, it's now on the Free List. Meaning, other people pay for the drug for those who want it. No "Mandatory" stuff here for this drug.

Rubella for girls is mandatory and "free". Though, I think (not sure) it is optional - you don't have to have your daughter have it, but then she doesn't get to go to public school either.

Drugs like this need to be tested over a person's Life time before being able to conclude there is no harm done. Whose to say, you might not get HPV infections, but your liver's ability to function could be compromised. What happens in 15 years time when we have a nation of women coming down with liver failure - or infertility? (Can daughters then sue their parents for making them infertile?)

Nothing might happen. Then again, lots might. Which is why I said the only way to know is with a Life-Term-Length test. Anything else is guess work.


36 posted on 02/02/2007 9:37:20 PM PST by Fluke Codewriter (Democracy is a mob-rules mentality, it's like 100 wolves and 1 sheep fighting over what's for dinner)
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To: sully777
Otherwise, Governor Perry and the rest of the pro-vaccine crowd are pushing something unproven with a potential of future risks.

Keep in mind, Perry's former chief of staff is a lobbyist for this company, Perry has received contributions from them, and there are other connections. Perry didn't all of the sudden develop an interest in HPV, this is purely driven by cronyism.
37 posted on 02/02/2007 11:20:38 PM PST by af_vet_rr
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To: cosine

If one wants to vastly lower one's daughter's risk of cervical cancer and genital warts, then why not?

Because all vaccines and medications have side effects, and the potential for side effects should be weighed against the chance of contracting a disease, and also weighed against the potential severity of the disease itself. This one obviously has a pretty severe potential for disease, but the side effects can be pretty severe, too.

For example:
"Syncopal Episodes and Seizures. One-quarter of all reports filed after GARDASIL vaccination were for neurologic adverse events including loss of consciousness, syncope, syncopal events and seizures. An additional five reports included symptoms of dizziness and feeling faint.

Syncope is defined as a temporary suspension of consciousness due to generalized cerebral ischemia (inadequate blood flow and lack of oxygen). The reports of syncopal episodes and their descriptions are remarkable. A physician from Washington State reported that in one morning, three patients experienced syncopal episodes. On August 8th another physician's office reported that two patients experienced syncopal episodes on the same day."

Those are pretty bad side effects. Statistically speaking, they don't happen in alot of cases but they do happen.


38 posted on 02/03/2007 8:57:51 AM PST by webstersII
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To: af_vet_rr

"Perry didn't all of the sudden develop an interest in HPV, this is purely driven by cronyism."

That's sickening. People like that should be thrown out of office and brought up on charges.


39 posted on 02/03/2007 8:59:56 AM PST by webstersII
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To: wagglebee

Bump!


40 posted on 02/04/2007 9:10:38 AM PST by lqclamar
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