Press Release Feb 1st

Feb 1, 2016

New Concerns about the HPV vaccine and Mandate

Rhode Islanders against mandated HPV vaccinations (#NOHPVmandateRI) calls upon the RI Dept. of Health and Governor Raimondo to stop the HPV vaccine mandate in RI immediately.

Providence, RI — A revelation made public in a press release by the American College of Pediatrics (the College) recently raises new questions on Rhode Island’s mandate for HPV vaccinations. The College has updated its position statement on the Human Papillomavirus (HPV) vaccines with the latest research regarding the virus and its effects, as well as the effectiveness and safety of those vaccines. This revised statement has information, not available from any other single source that is pertinent to healthcare providers and patients considering the use of HPV vaccines. Based on this new information, #NOHPVmandateRI once again calls on the RI Dept. of Health and Governor Raimondo to stop the HPV vaccine mandate in RI immediately.

The College raises legitimate concerns that should be addressed: (1) long-term ovarian function was not assessed in either the original rat safety studies or in the human vaccine trials, (2) most primary care physicians are probably unaware of a possible association between HPV4 and POF and may not consider reporting POF cases or prolonged amenorrhea (missing menstrual periods) to the Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System (VAERS), (3) potential mechanisms of action have been postulated based on autoimmune associations with the aluminum adjuvant used and previously documented ovarian toxicity in rats from another component, polysorbate 80,and (4) since licensure of Gardasil®in 2006, there have been about 213 VAERS reports (per the publicly available CDC WONDER VAERS database) involving amenorrhea, POF or premature menopause, 88% of which have been associated with Gardasil®.

Though #NOHPVmandateRI takes no stance on if the vaccine is safe or not, this raises cause for concern,” said Aimee Gardiner, Director of #NOHPVmandateRI, “Results from further testing could take years to develop and, in the meantime, doctors, patients, and guardians should be aware of the matter before making any decisions.”

Rhode Island now has a vaccine mandated for preteens that could have a negative effect on having children and family life later in adult hood. The RI Dept, of Health has stood by the repetitive statement that this vaccine is safe and that no side effects have been proven to come from the HPV vaccine. Pre-licensure safety trials for Gardasil® used placebo that contained polysorbate 80 as well as aluminum adjuvant, not a saline or waterbased placebo.

A Warwick RI school system sent home a flyer about the HPV vaccine to all 6th graders this week, a medical decision that is for a parent or guardian to decide, yet that sheet negates informed consent. Informed Consent consists of telling patients benefits and risks associated with that medical decision. No risks were mentioned or referenced on the flyer. #NOHPVmandateRI finds it imperative that the RI Dept. of Health pull the mandate of the HPV vaccine for school requirement.

#NOHPVmandateRI strongly recommends that any parent uncomfortable with this vaccine for their children should claim a ‘religious exemption’, which can be executed via a simple form that can be downloaded from the website.


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