Debunking myths surrounding the HPV vaccine

There is a lot of misinformation, myths, and scaremongering circulating on social media. This is a key reason for people to seek information from genuine and trustworthy sources backed by scientific evidence. Social media should not be the place for people to go when researching the Gardasil / HPV vaccine. The rumours and misinformation are provided by conspiracy theorists who seek only to confuse people.

I am calling on people to get the facts which are available on hpv.ie.

Many of the arguments from the campaign against the HPV vaccine include claims that girls are being severely injured or killed by the vaccine. This is simply not true. The Gardasil HPV vaccine hasn’t been proved to have caused the deaths of 32 women.

The campaign against the HPV vaccine will also attempt to add credibility to their arguments by stating that the health ministry in Japan has removed the HPV vaccine from their list of recommended immunisations following a number of cases. The number of people affected in these cases represents .001 of all those who received the vaccine and this was the main reason for this course of action by the health ministry of Japan. This seems to be an extraordinary overreaction especially as several large scale scientific studies have failed to show that any of the symptoms in these cases were caused by the HPV vaccine.

The symptoms reported by groups campaigning against the HPV vaccine, such as Regret, can all be linked to other conditions which have no link to the HPV vaccine and these other conditions are also not the result of someone being administered with the HPV vaccine. This article demonstrates that the symptoms reported by campaign groups have no link to the HPV vaccine. This article also goes on to conclude that the one or two alleged cases in every 100,000 cannot outweigh the benefit of the HPV vaccine which is that the risk of developing cervical cancer from the HPV virus is reduced for those who get the HPV vaccine. The same conclusion was reached by another article in September 2017.

I will finish by once again asking people to get the facts and ignore the misinformation and rumours of any campaign group who are against this immunisation programme.

Update 6th April 2018: There are comments on social media this week referencing a US court case. My advice is to ignore comments on social media that suggest the HPV vaccine was responsible for the death of a young woman. The ruling in the original hearing of this case stated that it was not proven that the HPV vaccine was the cause of the woman’s death. The subsequent and most recent hearing (June 2017) only ruled that damages were to be paid to the family of the young woman. This is separate from proving that the HPV vaccine was responsible for the death of the woman. It seems it doesn’t stop the uninformed campaign against the HPV vaccine from twisting the story to suit their agenda.

Update 9th April 2018: There is a lot of misinformation provided by Regret and other groups who actively campaign against the HPV vaccine. Here is another example of where some of that misinformation has been proved false – Dosage of Reality.

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