Tom McFeely is the National Catholic Register’s News Editor. He lives in British Columbia.
Spanish authorities last month withdrew distribution of thousands of doses of Gardasil.
The Gardasil vaccine is given to protect against the sexual transmission of some forms of the human papilloma virus (HPV) that is linked to the development of cervical cancer in women.
But as the Register has reported, both moral and medical concerns have been voiced about government-mandated programs that distribute the Gardasil vaccine to young teens.
Detailed documentation of negative side-effects caused by the HPV vaccine has been posted on the Internet here by Judicial Watch.
In Spain, the vaccine was withdrawn after to teenagers who received Gardasil became ill and were hospitalized after receiving the vaccine, AFP reported.
Said the AFP report, “Spanish health authorities said in a statement the batch of the Gardasil brand of vaccines was distributed country-wide, with some earmarked for regional vaccination programs and the rest sold at pharmacies.”
What the AFP article didn’t report was the specific and very serious symptoms that the two Spanish girls presented. According to this report from medicalnewstoday.com, they developed “two cases of status epilepticus with myoclonus (repeated and prolonged seizures and loss of consciousness).”
Despite the severity of the symptoms that appeared in the girls shortly after receiving Gardasil, the European Medicines Agency subsequently concluded the Gardasil shots probably didn’t cause them and recommended continued use of the HPV vaccine, medicalnewstoday.com reported.
The Daily Blog isn’t qualified to pass judgment on that recommendation, from a scientific perspective. But we will point out that there’s an alternate way to prevent the transmission of HPV via sexual contact among teenaged girls — one that is 100% successful, with zero side effects.
It’s called abstinence.