Unsafe Forced Vaccinations
When it comes to state governments taking the parent out of parenting Colorado is seemingly intent on leading the nation with SB080. Sponsored by Senator Suzanne Williams (D) and Rep. Mike May (R), Senate Bill 080 states: No female student who is over 12 years of age shall attend any school in Colorado after July 1, 2008, unless she submits acceptable evidence to the school that she has been vaccinated for human papillomavirous or that, after receiving information about the link between human papilloma virus and cervical cancer and the
availability of HPV vaccine the student's parent has elected for the student not to receive the vaccine. The Executive Director of the Department of Public Health and Environment will decide the content and appropriate forms.
The associated press has reported that Merck has funneled money through Women in Government, an advocacy group made up of female state legislators around the country. A top official from Merck's vaccine division sits on Women in Government's business council, and many of the bills around the country have been introduced by members of Women in Government.
What's wrong with this bill:
- Gardasil has NOT been proven safe. The National Vaccine Information Center (NVIC) has criticized the FDA for "Fast Tracking" the licensure of the vaccine (See https://wwwnvic.org/PressReleases/pr62706gardasil.htm)
- Clinical trial investigators dismissed most of the 102 Gardasil and placebo associated serious adverse events, including 17 deaths, that occurred in the clinical trials as unrelated. (Note: Associate Director of the FDA's Office of Drug Safety Dr. David Graham, well-known for blowing the whistle on both Merck and his own agency during the Vioxx scandal, is now warning the public about another Merck drug called Arcoxia.).
- Gardasil contains 225 mcg of aluminum and, although aluminum adjuvants have been used in vaccines for decades, they have NEVER been tested for safety in clinical trials. However, animal and human studies have shown that aluminum can cause nerve cell death and that vaccine aluminum adjuvants can allow aluminum to enter the brain.
- Although there are over 60 different strains of human papillomavirous (HPV), Gardasil prevents infections from only four strains of HPV (which cause roughly 70 percent of all cervical cancers).
- Cancer screenings will still be required because the vaccine does not cover all types of the virus. Young girls may avoid getting a pap smear thinking the vaccine protects them.
- SB 80 is an assault on parents' rights; the right to choose what is best, and safest, for their daughters.
- According to Merck, Gardasil's maker, a full, three-shot course (spread over 6 months) would cost $360, making Gardasil among the most expensive vaccines ever made. Also, the package insert states "the duration of immunity is not known" boosters may be needed.
- According to the Colorado Children's Campaign, about 57,000 children in the state are in families who lack health insurance and who have incomes too high to qualify for Medicaid or Child Health Plan Plus. However, Jim Martin, new executive director of the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment, said he is confident that his department can get federal grants to ensure that girls from uninsured families could receive the vaccine at no cost ( i.e., taxpayers expense). This alone could ultiamtely cost taxpayers as much as $20.52 million.
- There is no penalty for schools that don't inform parents of their rights to exemptions. Some colleges, preschools and daycares do not accept exemptions. And some aid programs do not accept personal exemptions (and exemptions may be taken away in order to reach Governor Ritter's immunization goals).
Ultimately, SB 80 is a government mandated marketing program benefiting ONLY Merck, the sole manufacturer of Gardasil. This is called corporatism. If the anticipated 30,000 middle school girls in Colorado are vaccinated using Gardasil each year, that will add $10.8 million in annual revenue for Merck. All to prevent a sexually transmitted disease that can be avoided with simple abstinence. Who is SB 80 designed to benefit; the people of Colorado or Merck?
You can view the full text of SB 80 online at: