(NaturalNews) The first preventive HPV vaccine was approved by the FDA in 2006 and then marketed under the name of Gardasil by Merck & Co. After being tested for only 6 months, in 2007 the vaccine was fast-tracked in over 80 countries. By 2009, a similar vaccine called Cervarix was also approved in the United States.
Here, a single dose of HPV vaccine costs more than $200, while a total of three doses is usually recommended. In just the first nine months of 2015, the Gardasil vaccine sold for $1.4 billion worldwide, while Cervarix brought in $72 million in sales. Nevertheless, it seems that current profits are not satisfactory for Merck and GlaxoSmithKline, who claim that their efforts to sell the vaccines are hindered by reluctant doctors.
What the study shows
A recent poll involving nearly 600 pediatricians and family practitioners showed that only 60% and, respectively, 59% of doctors are strongly recommending the HPV vaccine for girls aged 11 to 12. For boys of the same age, 52% of pediatricians and 41% of family practitioners strongly recommend the vaccine. Why?
According to several Big Pharma-corrupted mainstream media sources, these doctors are not knowledgeable enough about the HPV vaccine. Apparently, they require a deeper understanding of why this vaccine is most effective on children aged 11 to 12, as well as guidance on how to better persuade parents into accepting it. As a result of their reluctance, the two companies that spent several years marketing the HPV vaccines are nowhere near their anticipated annual sales of $4 billion to $10 billion. “Unfounded” safety concerns and “inaccurate” web information are also to blame.
What is conveniently omitted in this interpretation of the study is the fact that a staggering majority of medical professionals – 84% of pediatricians and 75% of family practitioners – always discussed the HPV vaccine at the 11–12-year wellness visit. Those doctors who discussed the HPV vaccine only occasionally or rarely were actually 3.4 times more likely to be concerned about its efficiency and waning immunity. They were also 2 to 8 times more likely to state that parents refuse the vaccine.
The actual reason for low HPV vaccine uptake
As the recent poll clearly shows, it is hardly a want of knowledge that leads doctors to not recommend the HPV vaccine. On the contrary, they refuse to push the vaccine onto their patients mainly because they are concerned with its ineffectiveness, the damage it might cause and the parents’ consent in the matter.
Contrary to what mainstream media sources would have us believe, the parents who refuse to injure their children with the HPV vaccine do not base their decision on “unfounded” safety concerns. As the recently launched European Union investigation into the HPV vaccine shows, the side effects of this injection are very real. The investigation arrives after several years during which the desperate voices of thousands of parents throughout the world were quieted down.
In the meantime, some of the girls who took the vaccine died, and others developed conditions that will require lifelong care, while one 16-year-old girl is now experiencing menopause.
You have the right to choose
The investigation launched by the European Medicines Agency into the side effects of the HPV vaccine is a sign of hope for parents throughout the world. However, until the truth about this vaccine finally surfaces, you must acknowledge your right to choose in the matter.
If you are a parent, you will most likely be pressured into giving your child a HPV vaccine. If you are not completely convinced about the effectiveness or safety of the vaccine, consider your consent carefully. In spite of what you might be told, you have the right to say no.