Cervical cancer vaccine may prove to be useless

Families should be grateful to your paper for the article by Liz Dunphy (16 July) which highlighted the reported adverse reactions experienced by young Irish girls to the so-called “cervical cancer” vaccine.

Cervical cancer vaccine may prove to be useless

(The vaccine is not against cervical cancer, but against a sexually transmitted virus called HPV.)

Coincidentally, it was another article published by you in 2010 that alerted parents to the dangers associated with this vaccine.

Dr Diane Harper was the principal investigator for clinical vaccine trials for Merk. Quoting Dr Harper at the time, you said: “If the vaccine does not last at least 15 years, and if vaccination starts at 11 or 12, then women will not be protected long enough to prevent infection.

“We’ve put them at harm from side effects, small but real, for no benefit. This makes Gardasil very expensive with very limited, if any, clinical benefit”.

The Hiqa 2008 report on HPV vaccines confirmed that: “The longest duration of follow-up in relation to vaccine efficacy, reported in published clinical trials, is approximately five years. Consequently, the protective effect of the vaccine against invasive cervical cancer has not yet been demonstrated.”

In other words, the vaccine could turn out to be useless in preventing cervical cancer.

Nora Bennis

Revington Park

North Circular Road

Limerick

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