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What You Should Know About the HPV Vaccination and the Reporting Act of 2007
A Bill that Requires the HPV Vaccine for 10-13 Year Old Girls in DC

Do I have to give my child the HPV Vaccine for her to enter DC Public Schools?

NO!  You can opt out for any reason.  As a parent or guardian, you must sign this opt out form and present it to your child's school.  Sexual abstinence is the preferred method of not contracting HPV or any other sexually transmitted disease, especially for 11 year old girls! 

Read the HPV bill here

 Why is it a bad idea to get my child vaccinated with the HPV vaccine?

There have been 13,758 reports of adverse reactions to this vaccine as of May 30, 2009.  Of this number, 7% or almost 1000  were serious reactions.  This includes 42 deaths as of June 16, 2009, and numerous cases of paralysis.  Please watch these videos:

OFAE fyi: YouTube - Urgent Warning about Gardasil

Cnn Report

CBS report

Ugent Warning about Gardasil

Gabby's story

Here is the report about the 42 deaths

Judicial Watch Gardasil information page

US News and World report Blog and comments (Be sure to read the comments)

How the three major medical associations jumped in bed with Gardasil manufacturer Merck, which funds them, to promote Gardasil

What is the HPV vaccine?
The Human Pappiloma Virus (HPV) vaccine is a drug heavily advertised as Gardasil and is manufactured by Merck Pharmaceutical Co., which promotes the vaccine as a protection for girls against cervical cancer.  Merck is also the maker of the infamous pain killer Vioxx, which was pulled off the market after it was shown to increase the risk of heart attacks and strokes.  Merck faces 27,000 lawsuits resulting from the use of Vioxx.  Like Vioxx, the HPV vaccine has not been thoroughly tested. Women and girls who receive vaccine still need to get regular Pap smears.

How many Washington, DC women die of cervical cancer each year?

On average, 8 women die from cervical cancer each year in Washington, DC.  

Why is HPV vaccine on the list of vaccinations for incoming 6th grade girls in Washington, DC?
This bill was co-sponsored by David Catania and Mary Cheh.  Seven DC city councilmembers voted for this vaccination, only one more than legally required to make it a law.  This bill violates the medical principle that vaccinations are to be required for diseases that can be transmitted in social settings such as schools by being in close proximity to others who may be infected.  However, there is no chance of getting infected with the HPV vaccine without sexual contact.  At the time that the bill was passed in 2007, two council seats were vacant.  Here is how the councilmembers voted:

Marion Barry
Vote: Yes
Kwame R. Brown
Vote: NO
David Catania
Vote: Yes
Mary M. Cheh
Vote: Yes
Jack Evans
Vote: Yes
Jim Graham
Vote: PRESENT
Vincent C. Gray
Vote: Yes
Phil Mendelson
Vote: Yes
Carol Schwartz
Vote: NO
Harry Thomas
Vote: NO
Muriel Bowser
Vote: VACANT
Yvette Alexander
Vote: VACANT
Tommy Wells
Vote: Yes
 

 

Will the vaccine prevent cervical cancer?
No one knows for sure.    Women do not generally develop cervical cancer unitl they are in their late 40's or early 50's While initial research shows that the vaccine can protect against four strains of HPV that cause about 70 percent of the cases of cervical cancer, women must still get regular pap smears.  The best way to prevent genital HPV infection is to refrain from any genital contact with another individual, or to have sex only in a mutually monogamous relationship with an uninfected partner(i.e. marriage).

The HPV vaccination program is part of the city's promotion of "prevention" programs that emphasize risk reduction through using condoms or HPV shots, while not encouraging the large number of youth who are staying sexually abstinent all the way through high school (42% in 2007).