Attention Parents: Brand New Study Outlines Why Many Doctors Don’t Recommend HPV Shots
A brand new study recently published in the journal Pediatrics has found that many paediatricians don’t strongly recommend the HPV vaccine.
For those of you who are unaware, the HPV vaccine, also known as the Gardasil vaccine, is designed to protect against four types of human papillomavirus, or HPV. Although the HPV vaccine is banned in multiple countries, like Japan for example, it has been approved for use in Canada and approximately 100 other countries. Researchers used a national survey asking approximately 600 doctors to outline their stance on the HPV vaccine. Conducted between October 2013 and January 2014, the study found that a large percentage of paediatricians and family doctors — nearly one third of those surveyed — are not strongly recommending the HPV vaccine to parents and preteens, which is why, as illustrated by the study, HPV vaccination rates continue to drop.
The study mentioned that some doctors felt the need for a clearer understanding of reasons to vaccinate preteens, particularly given the fact that most do not become sexually active until later on in life, and that many parents would object to them assuming otherwise. Prior to this, another study was published in the journal Cancer Epidemiolog in 2015. Written by Melissa B. Gilkey, an assistant professor at Harvard Medical School, the study was designed to assess how physicians recommend the HPV vaccine.
The authors were surprised to find that “physicians so often reported recommending HPV vaccination inconsistently, behind schedule, or without urgency. Of the five communication practices we assessed, about half of physicians reported two or more practices that likely discourage timely HPV vaccination.” (source) This study found that 27 percent of physicians across the United States do not strongly endorse HPV vaccination, and 39 percent reported that they do not give the vaccinations on time as recommended. Approximately 59 percent of physicians recommended it for adolescents. Physicians questioning vaccine safety seems to be a growing trend, and this is evident and expressed in multiple publications. For example, a fairly recent study published in the journal Human Vaccines Immunotherapeutics emphasized that “more research is needed to understand why some health professionals, trained in medical sciences, still have doubts regarding the safety and effectiveness of vaccination.” (source) A new study published in the journal EbioMedicine outlines how more and more physicians, more specifically in France, do not follow the recommended vaccination schedule and have hesitancy with regards to vaccination for a number of reasons, mainly due to a lack of trust in pharmaceutical grade products, their perception of the utility and risks of vaccines, and their comfort in explaining them to patients. (source) I just want to make it clear that every single year we are seeing a growing number of physicians question vaccine safety. We’ve covered this topic in depth with multiple articles, so I apologize if you have seen this information before, but as we always have new readers coming to the site I thought I would provide this tidbit. For more details on the Gardasil vaccine you can check out this article: Facts Parents Need To Consider About The Gardasil Vaccine.
There are good reasons to believe that Gardasil might not be necessary at all. In fact, there is absolutely no proof that Gardasil prevents cancer, since, as it takes so long for these cancers to develop in the first place, there has been no way to accurately measure its efficacy. Did you know that if you look at all of the women who get an HPV infection, approximately 70 percent of those will clear that infection all by themselves in the first year? You don’t even have to detect it or treat it. Within two years, approximately 90 percent of those women will clear it all by themselves. By three years, you will have 10 percent of that original group of women left who still have an HPV infection, and 5 percent of this 10 percent will have progressed into a pre-cancerous lesion. So, “now you have that small group of women who have pre-cancerous lesions and now let’s look at that moving into invasive carcinoma. What we know then is that amongst women with. . . [pre-cancerous] lesions. . . it takes five years for about twenty percent of them to become invasive carcinomas. That’s a pretty slow process. It takes about thirty years for forty percent of them to become invasive cervical carcinomas.” The quote above comes from the video below (taken from the One More Girl documentary) of Dr. Diane Harper. She is one of approximately 50 HPV experts in the world, and one of a select group from these experts who was actually chosen to help design and carry out the Phase II and Phase III safety and effectiveness studies to get Gardasil approved. She has authored many published papers about it, and has been a paid speaker and consultant to Merck. This is why it’s important to listen to her; the very fact that she is appearing in a film that creates awareness about the dangers associated with the Gardasil vaccine is something to think about. She has stressed numerous times that there is absolutely zero proof that these vaccines work or that they are safe and effective, and advocates against administering these vaccines to young girls. She has stated multiple times that vaccination will not decrease the number of cervical cancer cases, but a routine of regular pap smears will. “It is a vaccine that’s been highly marketed, the benefits are over-hyped, and the dangers are underestimated.” – (Taken from the One More Girl documentary) – Dr. Chris Shaw, Professor at the University of British Columbia, in the department of Neuroscience, Ophthalmology, and Visual Sciences. Related CE Article: The Top 6 Reasons Why Parents Are Choosing Not To Vaccinate Their Children .
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