Nearly Half of the Doctors in U.S. Not Routinely Recommending HPV Vaccine

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Young Asian female doctor angry show thumbs down isolated on white background

October 29, 2015

by Jefferey Jaxen
Health Impact News

The cracks in support for the human papilloma virus (HPV) vaccine by the medical community and public are turning into bottomless fissures. Country after country is calling for investigations into fraudulent research, damage, and the lack of medical ethics. Meanwhile, in the United States, political and medical leadership are ignoring serious questions, concerns, and damage continually mounting around the HPV vaccine. Thankfully at this point, there appears to be a disconnect and wedge between the views of medicine, politics, and the public regarding this shot.

A study recently published in Cancer Epidemiology, Biomarkers & Prevention, a journal of the American Association for Cancer Research, looked at the quality of physician communication to their patients about the HPV vaccine. The survey has given a glimpse into an American health care system that is showing doubt and apathy towards following unethical orders to push a highly questionable HPV vaccine. The authors concluded the following:

Many physicians in our national sample reported recommending HPV vaccine inconsistently, behind schedule, or without urgency. These practices likely contribute to under-immunization among adolescents, and may convey ambivalence to parents.
After sending out an online survey to 2,368 pediatricians and family care doctors, only 776 both responded and met the criteria of the study. Over a quarter of those 776 flat-out reported that they do not strongly endorse the HPV vaccine. Meanwhile, about half of physicians reported two or more practices likely to discourage timely HPV vaccination. Twenty-seven percent of physicians said that they did not “strongly endorse” the vaccine. Forty-four percent did not recommend same-day vaccines, and 59 percent recommended the shot only to kids whom they deemed “at risk.”

“The single biggest barrier to increasing HPV vaccination is not receiving a health care provider’s recommendation,” said the study’s author Melissa Gilkey, an assistant professor of population medicine at Harvard Medical School. That’s more of an issue, she says, than parents’ decisions to refuse or delay HPV vaccination. One of the top answers given for why physicians are hesitating to recommend the HPV vaccination, according to the study, is due to safety concerns about the vaccine.

The study stated that the information the authors uncovered can be used for states and national initiatives that aim to improve communication about the HPV vaccine” and to “address the persistent underuse of a powerful tool for cancer prevention.
However, what the study’s data also reveals is that after being on the market for almost 10 years, physicians are not buying the “safe and effective” story anymore for this vaccine. Are we seeing a cross-section of the medical community practicing a form of vaccine civil disobedience by simply dragging their feet in recommending the HPV shot for their patients?

The U.S. government has officially stated in the Healthy People 2020 initiative that its aim is 80 percent HPV immunization coverage for males and females ages 13 to 15. Studies like Gilkey’s are currently being funded to identify barriers to these Healthy People 2020 goals.

Once identified, a two part process appears to be occurring. First, the citizens get pressured from one end by legislation directing education and legal systems at the state level. Second, physicians are pressured through penalties or by incentives to be more aggressive in their recommendations and tracking of HPV immunizations through their practices. However, all such steps appear to violate numerous legal, ethical, and medical governing laws.

The United States medical and political leadership have continually proven that they operate from vaccine injury denial. Meanwhile, the rest of the world is taking appropriate steps to raise questions about broken ethics, conflicts of interest, and medical fraud. In Ireland, after continually covering HPV damage by real journalists in national print and radio, Senator Paschal Mooney introduced concerns to Ireland’s Parliament (The House of Oireachtas). Mooney called Ireland’s HPV vaccine push a “national disgrace” due to doctors not giving full informed consent and ignoring HPV vaccine-damaged teenagers.

After a four year, $270,000 study, Concordia University’s Genevieve Rail concluded there is no proof that the human papillomavirus directly causes cervical cancer. In addition, Rail stated:

I’m sort of raising a red flag, out of respect for what I’ve found in my own study, and for the despair of parents who had totally perfect 12-year-olds who are now in their beds, too tired to go to school,” she said. “Yes, we’re going against the grain, and we are going against those who are believed, i.e. doctors and nurses and people in public health.

There continually appears to be criminality, fraud, and severe violations of medical ethics that surround the HPV vaccine push in each country. The biggest revelation to date came recently from the European Union’s European Medicines Agency (EMA) who convened a Scientific Advisory Committee (SAC) in response to mounting HPV vaccine damage among European Union teenagers. The SAC is looking at 13,915 cases of HPV related damage.

Yet major backlash and criticism from E.U. experts and politicians came rapidly once it was found that the majority of experts comprising the SAC have either received money from the pharmaceutical industry or helped initially approve the HPV vaccine. The corruption currently taking place in the E.U. can be seen mirrored within the Center’s of Disease Control and Prevention in the U.S.

Protests over the Gardasil HPV vaccine in the streets of Colombia.

A similar situation to what is happening in the European Union regarding HPV oversight already happened in Columbia. The county began to push back against its HPV vaccine in 2014 after mounting reports of devastating side effects experienced by teenage girls. In order to calm the growing public backlash, The Colombian National Institute of Health carried out an investigation into the HPV vaccine and its damage. The lead investigator was Dr. Fernando De La Hoz, a prominent epidemiologist, resigned after concluding that the shot’s adverse events developed by the girls was a result of mass psychogenic disease.

History will show that Japan did the right thing in response to the HPV vaccine’s damage and unethical implementation. In 2013, the Japanese Health Ministry rescinded its recommendation for the use of HPV vaccines Gardasil and Cervarix. The removal of these shots was prompted after mounting evidence of serious adverse side effects and incongruent science. Japan has refused to add the shot back to the schedule to date.

For parents in the United States, it is important to ask you doctor the hard questions about the HPV vaccine. Given the mounting damage worldwide with little acknowledgement from the medical and legal communities, it would be appropriate to have your physician sign onto the liability regarding potential damages from the vaccine they want to give. Finally, if you already decided to not have your children vaccinated against HPV, it is your right as a parent to remove your child from your state’s vaccine tracking system according to their own website.