Corporatism comes to Colorado
Imagine the Colorado legislature passing a law requiring everyone in Colorado to purchase a ticket on United Airlines next year. Ridiculous! Right? What if the legislature required state officials to promote a specific company - and purchase its product. Or even used our tax dollars to create a database of every
man, woman and child in Colorado to track whether they had purchased a product from a specific company? This would be outrageous! When government passes laws requiring citizens to purchase specific products or services from specific companies, that is corporatism. Incredibly, the Colorado legislature is currently debating a series of bills that would require the promotion and purchase of a product called Gardasil, patented by Merck.
Gardasil is a vaccine developed to prevent 4 types of the human papillomavirous (HPV), which have been linked to cervical cancer, genital warts, and precancerous / dysplastic lesions of the cervix, vagina, and vulva.
Surely Gardasil must have been proven safe and effective! Right? Wrong:
- In June 2006, the National Vaccine Information Center (NVIC) criticized the FDA (See https://www.nvic.org/PressReleases/pr62706gardasil.htm) for "Fast Tracking" the licensure of the Gardasil (Merck only studied Gardasil in fewer than 1200 girls under age 16 in pre-licensure trials).
- On February 21, 2007, the National Vaccine Information Center (NVIC) released a new analysis of the federal Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System (VAERS) reports of serious health problems following HPV vaccination (using Merck'sGardasil) during the last six months of 2006 (https://www.nvic.org/Diseases/HPV/pr022107HPV.htm). Out of the 385 individual GARDASIL adverse event reports made to VAERS, two-thirds required additional medical care and about one-third of all reports were for children 16-years-old and under, with nearly 25 percent of those children having received simultaneously one or more of the 18 vaccines that Merck did NOT study in combination with Gardasil.
- On February 7, 2005 NVIC Health Policy Analyst Vicky Debold, RN, Ph.D. was quoted (https://www.drugnewswire.com/12489/) stating: "The most frequent serious health events after GARDASIL shots are neurological symptoms.These young girls are experiencing severe headaches, dizziness, temporary loss of vision, slurred speech, fainting, involuntary contraction of limbs (seizures), muscle weakness, tingling and numbness in the hands and feet and joint pain. Some of the girls
have lost consciousness during what appears to be seizures." Debold added "The manufacturer product insert should include mention of syncopal episodes, seizures and Guillain-Barre Syndrome so doctors and parents are aware these vaccine adverse responses have been associated with the vaccine."
- 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
- According to the Gardasil package insert; "the duration of immunity is not known" boosters may be needed. In other words, the long-term effectiveness of Gardasil has NOT been proven (because the vaccine is so new).
- Although there are over 60 different strains of human papillomavirous (HPV), Gardasil prevents infections from only four strains of HPV (HPV types 6, 11, 16 and 18 - 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.
So what are the bills being proposed in the Colorado legislature promoting Gardasil?
Senate Bill SB-80 (amended) states: No female student shall be admitted to the sixth grade in any school in Colorado unless she submits acceptable evidence to the school that she has been vaccinated for Human Papillomavirus (HPV). The bill also requires ALL female students between the ages of eleven and eighteen and her parent or guardian to be given information about the availability of Gardasil (i.e., marketing for Merck). IF after receiving the marketing material regarding Gardasil, the student's parent or guardian may elect for the student not to receive the vaccine. Fortunately, SB 80 is currently stalled in the Senate Appropriations committee.
Senate Bill SB-97 creates the Cervical Cancer Immunization Act and proposes to add the cervical cancer vaccine to the list of vaccinations required for school entry. The bill also creates the cervical cancer immunization program, sets up the cervical cancer immunization fund and a public awareness campaign.
SB 097 is a stealth bill because the title of the bill is “Allocate Tobacco Settlement Money”. This bill allocates tobacco settlement money to several different programs, including a new HPV program and mandate (the part that deals with HPV vaccine starts on the bottom of page 13 and goes through page 17). This bill was passed by the legislature and has been sent to the Governor for his approval.
House Bill HB-1292 requires school districts, family resource centers, and teen pregnancy prevention programs that offer instruction regarding human sexuality to adopt science-based content standards for such instruction. And specifies that the minimum requirements for a school district curriculum concerning human sexuality include instruction on the link between Human Papillomavirus and
cervical cancer, AND the availability of Gardasil.
House Bill HB-1301 requires the state to purchase Gardasil by directing the Colorado Dept. of Public Health and Environment to (1) create a Cervical Cancer Program and investigate manners in which the Cervical Cancer Vaccine may be administered in an economical fashion.
House Bill HB-1347 – Concerning the immunization tracking system in Colorado, takes the existing law for the tracking system and moves it into a new section called “The Immunization Registry Act”. The new Act still has all the problems created when SB87 passed in 2005; information can be gathered and shared without consent, there is no true opt-out, contractors can directly contact parents when
shots are due with reminders (including for Gardasil), and privacy is not protected by HIPAA. HB-1347 effectively makes a bad law worse by doing the following:
- Makes it clear that this tracking system applies to everyone, not just children. In other words, womb to tomb tracking. This will allow for the immunization fund and the immunization tracking system with reminders and recall to be used for adolescent and adult vaccines - including Gardasil, among others.
- Amends the definition of the official “certificate of immunization” to be an electronic file or a hard copy of an electronic file proved to the school directly from the immunization tracking system. The “paper copy” that most people currently use is not shown in the new bill. (See page 20)
- Keeps the current law requiring people on public assistance provide verification that each child in the household is being brought up-to-date with immunizations as a condition of eligibility for aid and does not allow them a personal exemption, only medical or religious. (See page 21)
- In addition to allowing the gathering of immunization and epidemiological information without consent, the new law allows the results of newborn screening and any follow-up testing to be sent to the immunization tracking system. (See page 3)
The bills sponsors will do whatever it takes to get HB 1347 passed into law, including reporting inaccurate information in the bill itself - which states in the legislative declaration that more than 20% of preschool–aged children in Colorado are not fully vaccinated and are at increased risk of contracting and spreading vaccine-preventable diseases. Colorado is well over 80% for each of the six vaccines included in the most recent National Immunization Survey 4:3:1:3:3:1 category available on-line at:
4 DTP - 87.7%
3 Polio - 94.2%
1 MMR (measles, mumps and rubella) - 93.2%
3 Hib (Haemophilus influenza type b) - 96.2%
3 Hepatitis B - 95.4%
1 chickenpox - 87.2%
HB-1347 will be heard in house health committee on Thursday, March 22nd.
For more information about these bills, visit: https://www.hapihealth.com/
Ultimately, this series of legislation is a government mandated marketing program benefiting ONLY Merck, the sole manufacturer of Gardasil. 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 (according to Merck, a full, three-shot course - spread over 6 months - would cost $360, making Gardasil among the most expensive vaccines ever made). All to prevent a sexually transmitted disease that may already on the decline (https://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/16891832/) - and can be avoided with simple
Who's behind this multi-pronged strategy to create such a culture of unprecedented corporatism in Colorado? 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 (https://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/16891832/). 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. One must wonder whether these legislators own stock in Merck - or are simply being duped.
ACTION: Please contact our state senators and Representatives urging them to STOP this assault on parents' rights; the right to choose what is best, and safest, for their daughters. Demand that they respect medical privacy and medical freedom. Urge them to OPPOSE SB-80, HB-1292, HB-1301, and HB-1347.
You can find your senator's contact information on-line at:
You can find your Representatives contact information on-line at:
You can view SB-80 (pre-amended) on-line at:
You can view SB-97 on-line (awaiting signature of the Governor) at:
You can view HB-1292 on-line at:
You can view HB-1301 on-line at:
You can view HB-1347 on-line at: