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NC climbs onto the Gardasil bandwagon.
No, its not in the local news yet, but the "bug" has hit North Carolina in the form of S260.
This bill is just propaganda for the Gardasil vaccine. I urge you to contact lawmakers, the email addresses and sample message enclosed.
I discovered that NC lawmakers had been infected by the HPV/Gardasil bug by following references in the latest Washington Post article, and that led to more research:
"Parents Question the HPV Vaccine"
"Although the government approved Gardasil for women up to 26, it recommended routine administration to girls 11 and 12.."
Here's the deal - it started with the Gov of Texas, who mandated that all young girls be vaccinated with the Gardasil vaccine, supposedly to prevent HPV and cervical cancer.
It turns out that the Gov is being heavily lobbyied by Merck, the maker of Gardasil.
Merck stands to gain enormously from the sale of Gardasil: "A three-dose regimen of Gardasil, given over six months, runs $360 or more.."
Merck needs to sell this vaccine to make up for the losses caused by deaths and injuries from another medicine it rushed to the market, Vioxx.
North Carolina lawmakers wouldn't try to force Gardasil on our pre-pubescent daughters, would they?
Well, not force, but well meaning lawmakers are strongly recommending "vaccines":
Senate Bill 260
SECTION 1. G.S. 115C‑47 is amended by adding a new subdivision to read:
"(49) To Ensure that Schools Provide Information Concerning Cervical Cancer, Cervical Dysplasia, Human Papillomavirus, and the Vaccines Available to Prevent These Diseases. – Local boards of education shall ensure that schools provide parents and guardians with information about cervical cancer, cervical dysplasia, human papillomavirus, and the vaccines available to prevent these diseases. This information shall be provided at the beginning of the school year to parents of children entering grades five through 12. This information shall include the causes and symptoms of these diseases, how they are transmitted, how they may be prevented by vaccination, and places parents and guardians may obtain additional information and vaccinations for their female children."
Senate Bill 260 has a very innocent title
"Schools Provide Info on Cervical Cancer" but - bottom line is that parents will believe that they (as responsible parents) should get the vaccines available to prevent these diseases".
Guess which vaccine that would be? Gardasil? Made by Merck.
Never mind the warnings about the Gardasil vaccine:
HPV Vaccine Mandates Risky and Expensive
February 1, 2007, NVIC Press Release and Citations
Merck's GARDASIL Not Proven Safe for Little Girls, June 27, 2006, NVIC Press Release on GARDASIL aluminum content and clinical trials with reference citations.
Never mind that Sheila Krumholz, executive director, Center for Responsive Politics, talks about the lobbying efforts and legislative influence of the pharmaceutical industry."
Who should you call or write to and tell them to kill this bill that serves to endorse a unsafe and unproven vaccine?
S 260 was referred to the Committee on Health Care on 02/22/2007, so contact the committee members:
Send one email to the entire committee:
copy and paste all in the "to:" field of your email -
Or send a message to individual members:
Sen. Bob Atwater Boba@ncleg.net
Sen. Doug Berger Dougb@ncleg.net
Sen. Harris Blake Harrisb@ncleg.net
Sen. Peter Samuel (Pete)Brunstetter Peterb@ncleg.net
Sen. Charlie S. Dannelly,Charlied@ncleg.net
Sen. Kay R. Hagan Kayh@ncleg.net
Sen. Fletcher L. Hartsell Fletcherh@ncleg.net Jr., Sen. David W. Hoyle Davidh@ncleg.net
Sen. Jim Jacumin Jimja@ncleg.net
Sen. Ed Jones Edwardj@ncleg.net
Sen. Eleanor Kinnaird Elliek@ncleg.net
Sen. Vernon Malone Vernonm@ncleg.net
Sen. Martin L. Nesbitt, Jr., email@example.com Sen. Tony Rand Tonyr@ncleg.net
Message to lawmakers:
Dear Senator ______
I urge you to block Senate Bill 260.
Lets not experiment with the health of our 11 and 12 year old girls.
It is too soon for our state to pass legislation that recommends vaccines that may not be safe, and may not even be effective. Merck, the manufacturer of one of these vaccines is reeling from lawsuits over damages and deaths caused by its last wonder drug - Vioxx.
Experts are warning that vaccines touted to prevent HPV and cervical cancer are not proven effective and pose serious safety risks to our children.
Lawmakers should not encourage parents to have their children receive vaccines that are not necessary and haven't been proven safe:
"If only 1 to 4 percent of all adverse events associated with GARDASIL vaccination are being reported to VAERS, there could have been up to 38,000 health problems after GARDASIL vaccination in 2006 which were never reported," said Fisher. "How many girls are really having short-term health problems associated with getting this vaccine that could turn into long-term neurological or immune system disorders? And how many will go on to develop fertility problems, cancer or damage to their genes, all of which Merck admits in its product insert that it has not studied at all? We just don't know enough to be mandating GARDASIL for anyone, much less vulnerable 11 to 12 year old girls entering puberty."
Jon Abramson, chairman of the committee that advises the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on immunization practices. who also is a professor of pediatrics and infectious diseases at Wake Forest University medical school, does not support mandating the vaccines.
According to the Washington post, "Abramson advised Merck & Co. not to lobby lawmakers over Gardasil. Merck disregarded his and others' suggestion, until its role became such a distraction that the company stopped two weeks ago.
'Politics are not a good driver of health-care recommendations,' Abramson said. 'Time will help us decide what's the best policy.'"