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Public Health Officials Urge Vaccinations for Preteens


Originally published 1:09 p.m., February 10, 2014
Updated 1:09 p.m., February 10, 2014
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The Santa Barbara County Public Health Department is promoting the statewide Preteen Vaccine Week Campaign on February 9-15, 2014 to remind families of preteens about recommended immunizations for 11and 12-year olds.

A focus of Preteen Vaccine Week 2014 is increasing immunization against Human Papillomavirus (HPV). HPV infections can lead to cervical cancer and other cancers in both sexes.

Despite its effectiveness, HPV vaccination rates remain low. A recent Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) survey indicated that HPV vaccination rates in girls aged 13-17 years failed to increase between 2011 and 2012; only 36% in California have received the complete series of three doses. Health care professionals and families need to work together to better protect preteens from HPV and the cancers it causes later in life.

Parents of preteens are urged to schedule a check-up with their child’s doctor to make sure their immunizations are up-to-date. The doctor will recommend several vaccines, including meningococcal vaccine, a second chickenpox shot, an annual flu vaccine and a whooping cough booster shot, Tdap, to protect them against whooping cough. All incoming 7th graders are required to provide proof of immunization against whooping cough before starting school.

Under the Affordable Care Act all new health plans will now be required to cover the Advisory Committee on Immuniczation Practices (ACIP) recommended vaccines for adults and children of all ages, without charging a deductible, copayment or coinsurance. If a child does not have health insurance, or is only partially insured, your health care provider or the Santa Barbara County Public Health Department Immunization Program can provide information about the Vaccines for Children Program (VFC), which provides no- or low-cost vaccines.

For more information, please visit www.shotsforschool.org or www.sbcphd.org/iz.

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The fact that the uptake of the HPV vaccine - a vaccine that prevents cancer - is so low is very sad. The vaccine has an excellent safety record, (http://hpv.kegel.com/safety/) and there is no reason not to use it to protect girls. It can save lives. Tens of thousands of people in the U.S. get HPV related cancers each years, and thousands die. I hope this campaign helps protect more teens.

DoritReiss (anonymous profile)
February 10, 2014 at 8:06 p.m. (Suggest removal)

As adverse side effects from this vaccine continue, the opposition has grown. A lead researcher, Diane Harper, a scientist and physician who has spent 20 years developing the vaccine for human papillomavirus, says the HPV vaccine is not for younger girls, and that it is “silly” for states to be mandating them [ http://www.cbsnews.com/news/gardasil-... ].

In 2011, the Annals of Medicine [ http://informahealthcare.com/doi/abs/... ] exposed the fraudulent nature of Human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccines such as Gardasil and Cervarix.

At present there are no significant data showing that either Gardasil (Merck) or Cervarix (GlaxoSmithKline) can prevent any type of cervical cancer, since the testing period employed was too short to evaluate long-term benefits of HPV vaccination. The longest follow-up data from phase II trials for Gardasil and Cervarix are 5 and 8.4 years, respectively, while invasive cervical cancer takes 20 - 40 years to develop from the time of acquisition of HPV infection.

According to the New England Journal of Medicine, up to 80% of the transnational corporations producing these products are criminal organizations [ http://www.nejm.org/doi/full/10.1056/... ], and have been repeatedly found guilty of felony crimes, most related to suppressing safety information.

Merck (Gardasil manufacturer) corporate rap sheet:
http://www.corp-research.org/merck

GlaxoSmithKline (Cervarix manufacturer) corporate rap sheet:
http://www.corp-research.org/glaxosmi...

Local public health departments, such as the Santa Barbara County Public Health Department, operate as these transnational corporations’ marketing departments, ignoring sound medical science in order to aggressively promote these nearly useless but dangerous products, adopting the corporate-engineered propaganda of the vaccine industry and its for-profit junk science.

Why? Perhaps just follow the money.

The top ten transnational pharmaceutical corporations extract from U.S. citizens annual profits of $35.9 billion, more than the profits for ALL the remaining 490 Fortune 500 companies. So there's an enormous amount of funds available to "educate" and influence public health departments and medical establishments.

According to the British Medical Journal [ http://blogs.bmj.com/bmj/2013/09/10/r... ] the transnational pharmaceutical industry has "incentivized" doctors, academics, journals, professional and patient organizations, university departments, journalists, regulators, and politicians.

RELATED:

Judicial Watch reports on Gardasil:
http://www.judicialwatch.org/?s=Gardasil

Dr. LaPook's Story on HPV
http://www.cbsnews.com/news/is-the-hp...

Attkisson's Exclusive Report on Gardasil
http://www.cbsnews.com/news/new-worri...

JohnTieber (anonymous profile)
February 10, 2014 at 9:49 p.m. (Suggest removal)

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