By Justin Healy, ComeLook.Org
20 September 2010
Unfortunately the HSE’s efforts at informing the public on the necessity for this latest Mass Vaccination exercise belong more to the realm of hype, spin and plain disinformation, than anything the above PR rhetoric would suggest.
We looked at the HSE’s most recent press release of 16 Sept 2010 “Cervical Cancer Vaccination campaign underway for 57,000 girls across Ireland” – whose HPV vaccination related ‘information’ an unquestioning Irish media reprinted the following day. Below are selected paragraphs from the HSE statement which we will try to verify for accuracy and bias.
‘In Ireland, cervical cancer is the second most common cancer in the country among females aged 15 to 44. HPV or Human Papillomavirus, is proven to cause cervical cancer. It is a common virus – about 80% of people will have a HPV infection during their lifetime.’
‘Gardasil is a safe and fully tested vaccine which protects against the main cancer-causing strains of the Human Papilloma Virus (HPV) and will eventually save around 60 lives in Ireland every year. Around 250 women are diagnosed with cervical cancer here annually, with around 80 deaths. The HPV vaccine will prevent at least 70% of these cases.’
‘Informed consent is a critical element of any vaccination campaign, and all parents should be informed about the vaccine their daughters will receive – information that comes from verifiable, credible and unbiased sources‘.
‘All parents of girls who are getting the vaccine are given a detailed information booklet and consent form from the HSE.’
Let’s look at the above information (taking each of the statistics separately).
‘In Ireland, cervical cancer is the second most common cancer in the country among females aged 15 to 44.’ [Not Credible]