In Britain 12-Year-Olds Vaccinated Without Parental Consent

Health care professionals in Great Britain are under no obligation to inform parents or get parental consent before giving young girls the Gardasil vaccine, which is supposed to provide protection against some strains of the Human Papillomavirus (HPV).

According to the CDC, HPV is the most common sexually transmitted virus in America, and has been linked to cervical and other forms of cancer.

An article in Britain’s Daily Mail claims that the British Department of Health, as part of a nationwide campaign to halt the spread of HPV, has confirmed that parental consent for girls ages 12 -18 receiving the vaccine is “not essential.”

How is this possible that parental consent is not mandatory? A 12-year-old girl told by a doctor or nurse wearing a lab coat that she needs a shot is obviously not in a position to ask the appropriate questions or to make a decision about the vaccine without her parents’ guidance.

Here’s what the CDC and the British Department of Health aren’t telling young girls or their parents:

1) When Judicial Watch, an organization that promotes transparency in government, wanted to find out if the claim by the drug company that manufactures it (Merck & Co.) that Gardasil was side-effect free was true, they were only able to get FDA reports by filing a Freedom of Information Act.

2) Judicial Watch has found out that there were 28 deaths associated with Gardasil in 2008, and 19 in 2007. Some of the deaths in Great Britain have received a lot of publicity. Read how 14-year-old Natalie Morton died in this BBC article after receiving the Cervarix vaccine against HPV.

3) In addition to killing young girls who get the vaccine, U.S. government records show that 6,723 Adverse Reactions were reported in 2008, Including 1,061 Considered “Serious” and 142 Considered “Life Threatening.”

4) Other reported side effects from the Gardasil vaccine include fainting, paralysis, Bells Palsy, Guillain-Barre Syndrome, and seizures.

5) Gardasil is being recommended for girls as young as nine but it has only been tested on 11 and 12-year-old girls.

6) Merck & Co. has been aggressively lobbying in Washington to make Gardasil a mandatory vaccine for all sixth graders. Selling this vaccine will net the company some $1.4 billion a year, by some estimates.

My oldest daughter is starting sixth grade this fall. She and her friends are not at risk for contracting HPV, since they are not yet sexually active yet the CDC currently recommends three doses of the vaccine for girls between the ages of 11 and 12 and explains that it is most effective if administered before girls become sexually active.

I’d like to find out how many teen girls die from genital warts or cervical cancer. I am wondering if the death rates for these illnesses are high enough to make this vaccine warranted in any way.

Is this a vaccine you plan to give your children? Do you think it is okay for health officials in Great Britain to forego parental consent?


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