HPV Vaccine Risks vs. Benefits: Is It Worth It?


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Although a report to a passive vaccine safety surveillance system does not by itself prove that the vaccine caused an adverse reaction, the unusually high frequency of adverse reactions related to HPV vaccines reported worldwide, as well as their consistent pattern (i.e. nervous system-related disorders rank the highest in frequency), points to a potentially causal relationship. Furthermore, matching the data vaccine surveillance databases is an increasing number of case reports documenting similar serious adverse reactions associated with HPV vaccine administration, with nervous system disorders being the most frequently reported (Tomljenovic&Shaw; Ann Med. 2011).

Bottom line is that the optimistic claims made by the world’s leading health authorities (that HPV vaccines will prevent 70% of cervical cancers) rest on assumptions which are misinterpreted and promoted to parents as factual evidence.”


Health professionals appear to support and promote the HPV vaccine based on these flawed clinical trials. According to Dr. Tomljenovic, “A clear evaluation of risks is important for vaccines, which, contrary to other drugs, are administered predominantly to healthy individuals and often to prevent a disease to which an individual may never be exposed. Because of this, according to the U.S. FDA, “there is low tolerance for significant adverse events associated with vaccines” -that is, caused by vaccines.

Thus in view of the above information, it may be worth re-considering whether it is prudent to put pre-adolescent girls at risk of death or a life-long neurodegenerative/autoimmune condition for a vaccine of still uncertain efficacy against cervical cancer, when the same can be demonstrably prevented with regular Pap screening and loop electrosurgical excision procedure, neither of which carry such risks.

The almost exclusive reliance on manufacturers ’ sponsored studies, often of questionable quality, as a base for vaccine recommendation or policy-making should be discontinued. Every physician recommending HPV vaccination should take time to carefully examine the quality of the published evidence on HPV vaccines.”

Medical Ethics and Vaccination

Dr. Tomljenovic leaves us with this final comment on the issue,

“Medical ethics demand that vaccination should be carried out with the participant’s full and informed consent. This necessitates an objective disclosure of the known or foreseeable vaccination benefits and risks. The way in which HPV vaccines are often promoted to parents indicates that such disclosure is not always given from the basis of the best available knowledge.

I personally know several mothers whose daughters have died following HPV vaccination.  One of them stated the following:

“My daughter and I and millions of others were deceived by false marketing and a failure to be informed of the true risks and benefits. Be informed. Investigate, don’t just inoculate.”

HPV Vaccination and You

There will always be people who support or disagree with vaccination. If you are considering getting yourself, your daughter, or son vaccinated against HPV, it would be worth the time to have a conversation with your or your child’s doctor about the risks and benefits for you or your child.


Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Sexually Transmitted Diseases Treatment Guidelines 2010: Human Papillomavirus (HPV) Infection. January 8, 2011. Accessed October 15, 2012.

Tomljjenovic, L., Shaw, CA., Spinosa, JP. Human Papillomavirus (HPV) Vaccines as an Option for Preventing Cervical Malignancies: (How) Effective and Safe? Current Pharmaceutical Design. Sept. 24, 2012. Accessed October 15, 2012.

Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System. VAERS Data. (2012). Accessed October 30, 2012.

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