A recent Sun report stated that "not enough pediatricians are strongly recommending HPV vaccine" ("Only a few more U.S. girls getting HPV vaccine," Aug. 2).
Yet there are excellent medical and scientific reasons why many doctors do not support the vaccine's use.
Since HPV vaccines were introduced seven years ago, it has been assumed that they would prevent cervical cancer. But the vaccines have never been shown to prevent any cancer, cervical or otherwise.
It has also been assumed for seven years that the vaccine is safe. Yet there have been thousands of adverse event reports. The CDC itself admits there are three times as many adverse events for the HPV vaccine Gardasil as there are for all other vaccines combined.
Compared to all other vaccines in the U.S. schedule, Gardasil alone is associated with 61 percent of all serious adverse events, including 63.8 percent of all deaths and 81.2 percent of all permanent disabilities in females under 30 years of age.
In fact, Japan, India and France have removed HPV vaccines from their recommended list due to safety and efficacy concerns. Unethical practices and serious post HPV vaccination injuries and deaths prompted the Supreme Court of India to initiate an ongoing investigation of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.
The Health, Welfare and Labor Ministry of Japan also conducted a national investigation regarding post HPV vaccine injuries in its country. The outcome was the removal of funding and recommendations regarding HPV vaccines. Japanese officials concluded that the harm experienced by women taking the vaccine is overwhelmingly greater than any expected benefits.
Prompted by medical reports of post-HPV vaccination arrhythmia and motor neuron disabilities in children in Denmark, the European Medicines Agency is conducting an investigation of HPV injection adverse events. Lawsuits for HPV injuries and deaths have also been filed in Spain, France and Columbia.
Some studies have linked serious HPV vaccine adverse events to the aluminum adjuvant, which is a known neurotoxin. Yet the latest version of HPV vaccine, Gardasil 9, contains double the amount of aluminum adjuvant than its predecessor.
We already have proven, safe and effective ways to prevent cervical cancer with pap screening, which carries no serious health risk. So the doctors who do not recommend HPV vaccination are the ones who have done their research. The public should be grateful to those who have taken their oath seriously.
William Reichel and Emily Tarsell, Timonium