When a vaccine against H.P.V., a virus implicated in most cases of cervical cancer, came out, antivaxxers raged. They called it the “slut vaccine”, mined VAERS for reports, loaded anecdotes onto VAERS, and generally tried to attack the science behind the vaccine. Two things I saw over the past week are likely to antagonise them further.
The first bit of news confirms that the vaccine is highly effective at both reducing H.P.V. infection and at stopping cervical cancers. From a report on the B.B.C Website:
The world’s first cancer vaccine was administered in Australia exactly 10 years ago.
Since then, the human papilloma virus (HPV) vaccine has been rolled out across 130 countries and halved the number of new cervical cancers.
The HPV vaccine also protects against cancers in the throat and mouth in both men and women.
The second item I saw was from the “Just the Vaxx” Website. ScienceMonkey went through the VAERS Database and checked the entries. What s/he found makes for interesting reading. Long story short: several deaths were definitely NOT caused by the Vaccine. Most were anecdotal, and in many cases the anecdotes were repeated. For the year 2014:
12 of 16 (75%) cases were anecdotes. 6 of the anecdotes were the same story!
Many other anecdotes had identical wording and were logged by the same person.
From the CDC Website: A report to VAERS generally does not prove that the identified vaccine(s) caused the adverse event described. It only confirms that the reported event occurred sometime after vaccine was given. No proof that the event was caused by the vaccine is required in order for VAERS to accept the report. VAERS accepts all reports without judging whether the event was caused by the vaccine.
Not only is H.P.V. Vaccine safe, it is effective and has already saved thousands of lives.
Take a bow, Professor Ian Frazer.