[SaneVax: Citizens of Malaysia are calling for a halt to HPV vaccination programs in their country saying Gardasil and Cervarix are unnecessary, unscientific and unsafe. Medical consumers believe that Ministry of Health officials have disregarded the basic parental right to informed consent in their zeal to ‘allay fears’ surrounding HPV vaccines. The Consumers Association of Penang believes parents have the right to informed consent; they are right! How can government health authorities continue to ignore the facts?]
Revoke potentially dangerous vaccine programme
By SM Mohamed Idris, President, Consumer’s Association of Penang
The Consumer’s Association of Penang has repeatedly objected to the proposal and decision by the Ministry of Health (MOH) to vaccinate all 13-year-old girls in the country from the human papillomavirus (HPV) virus – a sexually transmitted virus – on the grounds that it is unnecessary, unscientific and unsafe.
Despite numerous valid objections by many quarters, RM150 million is to be spent annually by the government beginning this year on HPV vaccinations for an estimated 300,000 girls in the country as protection from only two of the 40 different cervical cancer-causing HPV’s.
HPV is contracted through sexual contact. Instead of inoculating our young against a sexually transmitted disease (STD), the government should instead focus on prevention by education and religious and moral values on sexual abstinence. As recipients of a vaccine against STD, ill- informed young girls could be lulled into a false sense of security that the HPV vaccine would protect them against other sexually transmitted diseases.
The risk of cervical cancers itself has been blown out of proportion. It is a known fact that about 90 percent of all HPV infections are removed by the immune system within two years. This in itself makes the vaccine irrelevant and redundant.
The vaccine itself is highly controversial with an unusually high incidence of adverse reactions worldwide and 53 reported deaths in the US alone as reported by Vaers (Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System of the US Food and Drug Administration and the Centers for Disease Control).
This completely unnecessary and dangerous vaccine’s safety and efficacy have never been established in Malaysia.