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Politics and Money push Vaccine into Schools – Merck Retracks.

21st February 2007 by Arrow Durfee Posted in Uncategorized

Thank You Dawn Richardson for your dedication to balanced vaccine information and for promoting the RIGHT to choose over these many years!

Posted on Tue, Feb. 20, 2007

Merck suspends lobbying for cervical cancer vaccine mandate

Associated Press

TRENTON, N.J. – Merck & Co., bowing to pressure from parents and medical groups, is immediately suspending its lobbying campaign to persuade state legislatures to mandate that adolescent girls get the company’s new vaccine against cervical cancer as a requirement for school attendance.

The drug maker, which announced the change late Tuesday, had been criticized by parents and doctors’ groups for quietly funding the campaign, via a third party, to require 11- and 12-year-old girls get the three-dose vaccine in order to attend school.

Some had objected because the vaccine protects against a sexually transmitted disease, human papilloma virus, which causes cervical cancer. Vaccines mandated for school attendance usually are for diseases easily spread through casual contact, such as measles and mumps.

“Our goal is about cervical cancer prevention and we want to reach as many females as possible with Gardasil,” Dr. Richard M. Haupt, Merck’s medical director for vaccines, told The Associated Press.

“We’re concerned that our role in supporting school requirements is a distraction from that goal, and as such have suspended our lobbying efforts,” Haupt said, adding the company will continue providing information about the vaccine if requested by government officials.

Merck launched Gardasil, the first vaccine to prevent cervical cancer, in June.

Sales totaled $235 million through the end of 2006, according to Merck.

Last month, the AP reported that Merck was channeling money for its state-mandate campaign through Women in Government, an advocacy group made up of female state legislators across the country.

Conservative groups opposed the campaign, saying it would encourage premarital sex, and parents’ rights groups said it interfered with their control over their children.

Even two of the prominent medical groups that supported broad use of the vaccine, the American Academy of Pediatricians and the American Academy of Family Practitioners, questioned Merck’s timing, Haupt said Tuesday.

“They, along with some other folks in the public health community, believe there needs to be more time,” he said, to ensure government funding for the vaccine for uninsured girls is in place and that families and government officials have enough information about it.

Legislatures in roughly 20 states have introduced measures that would mandate girls have the vaccine to attend school, but none has passed so far. However, Texas Gov. Rick Perry on Feb. 2 issued an executive order requiring that schoolgirls get the vaccinations, triggering protests from lawmakers in that state, who may seek to pass a law of overturning the order.

A group of parents worried that vaccines harm some children, the National Vaccine Information Center, has been publicizing reports of side effects – mostly dizziness and fainting – in several dozen people getting Gardasil, which is approved for use in females ages 9 to 26. The group questions whether it was tested in enough young girls.

Officials with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, however, say that reports of side effects through the end of January show don’t raise any red flags.

The vaccine also is controversial because of its price – $360 for the three doses required over a six-month stretch. Because of that cost and what pediatricians and gynecologists say is inadequate reimbursement by insurers, many are choosing not to stock the vaccine or requiring surcharges to administer it, increasing the cost for many families and making the vaccine hard to come by.

Merck shares were down in after-hours trading on the New York Stock Exchange, falling 35 cents to $44.15 after rising 22 cents in regular trading to close at $44.50.

Dawn Richardson
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2 Responses to “Politics and Money push Vaccine into Schools – Merck Retracks.”

  1. Arrow Durfee Says:

    Thanks for stopping by and sharing your website!

    I thought I would add a little comment about mercury causing autism. I fully agree that autism is caused by vaccines. I also think that other things may also cause autism in some people. There is a wide spectrum of symtomology in autism, some suffering much more than others. I have seen kids who literally live in padded rooms with helmets on, as the autism they experience make their day consist of nonstop headbanging, just running from one wall to another, banging their heads, over and over. Others do much better. Many have other complex physiological problems.

    Although mercury is very toxic I would not consider it the sole cause of problems with vaccines but surely is part of the problem.

    Autism, I suspect, but cannot prove, may be brought on by other chemical toxicities in the environment yet to be associated and understood. I am also concerned for long term genetic damage and therefore inherited problems due to chemicals.

    Also there is this consideration. When you tamper with a natural and normal immune system by exposing it to multiple disease factors you significantly stress the system and for some this may cause breakdown of normal immunological function. Consider the findings of Dr Andrew Wakefield, a British researcher who discovered measles in the gut of autistic children but not in the gut of normal children who had been vaccinated. Dr Wakefield continues his research now in the US as his findings promoted his expulsion in research in England.

    I think that vaccines, many of them are very dangerous. The polio for the smv40 virus, all of them for the mercury, the perussis for who knows why!, the trivalent measles for its compounded assault, and for that matter, anytime multiple vaccines are administered at the same time.

    Many vaccines are given due to fear of disease that is not well founded. Chicken pox and measles should not be vaccinated against. Children should have these diseases as children and allowed to develop a lifetime immunity, which strengthens their immune system to similar diseases also. Granted some few children will die from measles and chicken pox, as it has always been. But this is very few. It general we now risk the lives and well-being of a whole population for a very very few.

    We are seeing the effects of the measles vaccine and its failure in the mini epidemics of measles amongst highschoolers, at a dangerous time in life to contract the disease. Of course now the enforce a booster for measles at around age 12. So what next? Boosters at 24, 34, 54? When will the vaccine wear off and make an adult dangerously vulnerable to at terrible disease when contracted outside of early childhood?

    And the chicken pox vaccine. Ha. We will see what torment this will bring before long.

    There are now some areas of the US where one out of 75 children are autistic. In general it is one out of 160. Who will care for these children as they age? Oh, I know! Perhaps all those people who have Alzheimer’s! Or maybe the autistic kids will take care of the Alzheimer’s? We better get ready and double or even triple our capacity to care for the ill and indigent over the next 20 years because as a society, we have a healthcare nightmare heading our way.

    I am an advocate for homeopathic vaccination and homeopathic treatment in general.