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Nova Scotia children shouldn’t be guinea pigs!

Mon, October 22, 2007   |   Author: Jim Hnatiuk   |   | Share: Facebook | Twitter   

"Life-threatening… rushed to emergency… serious abdominal pain… diarrhea, vomiting, dehydration, blood urine… loss of consciousness… shock… convulsions… tremors… speech disorder, muscle spasms, paralysis… and even death."

These are a few of more than 1,600 medical reports of serious adverse effects young women have suffered after being vaccinated against HPV with GardasilÃ'®.

And East Hants schools in Nova Scotia will be among the first in Canada to have very young girls receive this vaccine!

The Enfield Weekly Press reported Oct 17th 2007 that Dr. Shelley Sarwall of Nova Scotia said: "The vaccine has only been studied in girls and we know it is safe and effective in girls."

Do the above symptoms sound "safe and effective" to you?

I personally received many vaccines during my military years; however, the symptoms our servicemen had then pale in comparison to what this vaccine is reportedly doing to girls and young women today. Many physicians complain that the HPV vaccination program has been implemented before adequate testing has been completed, and while the long-term effects of GardasilÃ'® remain unknown.

In Toronto, September 20, 2007 reported: "In just little over a year, the HPV vaccine have been associated with at least five deaths." Since then, eight more deaths associated with testing this vaccine have been reported.

Who is being held responsible for these deaths? Where is the accountability?

The Harper government's financial support for this program raises serious questions. The Toronto Star and Ottawa Citizen earlier reported that Merck Frosst Canada Ltd. "has hired public relations giant Hill & Knowlton to push the immunization strategies, using some well-connected lobbyists… one a former senior policy adviser to Prime Minister Stephen Harper."

Wouldn't a true "Accountability Act" have prevented this type of too-close-for-comfort lobbying?

Targeting school children is a violation of trust. Many parents will accept that if their child's school is involved in promoting the vaccine, it must be 'OK'. Coupled with television advertising for GardasilÃ'®, most will undoubtedly assume its absolute safety.

It's been reported that the vaccination will not be mandatory. However, for the program to truly be considered 'voluntary', parents would have to request the vaccine, not be compelled to 'opt out'.

Does a letter home constitute adequate information? Are parents adequately informed of all of the possible side effects? And who will bear the burden of accountability should Nova Scotia girls suffer adverse effects?

I believe that all parents should be very concerned; they should investigate, unite and lobby the Provincial Health Department to stop this vaccination program.

One has to wonder whether Merck learned anything from its Vioxx fiasco. In 2004 Merck abruptly recalled Vioxx after it was revealed that some patients taking the drug suffered heart attacks and strokes.

The August issue of Macleans reported that of those enrolled in clinical trials for GardasilÃ'® "only 100 of them were age nine, and that limited group was only followed for 18 months." And further that, "Merck has explicitly stated that GardasilÃ'® does not offer total protection against cervical cancer."

The television ads state that GardasilÃ'® "can prevent the HPV strains that cause 70% of cervical cancer." But a report in the New England Journal of Medicine said the actual reduction of cervical cancer in field tests was only 17%. That makes the TV ads seem somewhat misleading.

So, the obvious question is, with all of the data, why should Nova Scotia's children be guinea pigs?

I have no opposition to preventing cervical cancer; indeed, using Papp tests, Canada has reduced the incidence of cervical cancer 50% in the last decade, so there is no "epidemic". I strongly object to exposing our children to a drug that is currently under question.

Let's have this program halted in Nova Scotia and Canada now!

Some resources:

The 1,637 FDA reports

Reported deaths.

A US Lifesite report

A Macleans article

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