Thursday, August 19, 2010

Bullshit!

This gets my blood boiling. This guy has made numerous ridiculous calls for banning this or that over the years. But this crosses the line, methinks, since there are medical consequences.

THE Consumer’s Association of Penang (CAP) has repeatedly objected to the proposal to vaccinate all 13-year-old girls from the human papillomavirus (HPV) virus, a sexually transmitted virus because it is unnecessary, unscientific and unsafe.

Despite numerous objections by many quarters, a sum of RM150mil is to be spent annually by the Government beginning this year on HPV vaccinations for an estimated 300,000 girls in the country as protection from only two of the 40 different cervical cancers causing HPV.

HPV is contracted through sexual contact; instead of inoculating our young against a sexually transmitted disease (STD), the Government should focus on prevention by educating them on religious and moral values.

As recipients of a vaccine against STD, ill-informed young girls could be lulled into a false sense of security that the HPV vaccine would protect them against other sexually transmitted diseases.

The risk of cervical cancers itself has been blown out of proportion. It is a known fact that about 90% of all HPV infections are removed by the immune system within two years. This in itself makes the vaccine irrelevant and redundant.

The vaccine itself is highly controversial with an unusually high incidence of adverse reactions and 53 reported deaths in the US alone. This completely unnecessary and dangerous vaccine’s safety and efficacy have never been established in Malaysia.

We urge the Health Ministry to revoke its ill-conceived plan to subject our children to the vaccine. The rakyat would be better off if the money were used to educate our children against early sexual activity as a deterrent to HPV infection (Yea right, with all the baby dumping going on and lack of sex-ed, GOOD LUCK!). With this allocation, campaigns for HPV testing and pap smears as proven early detection procedures can be re-invented and enhanced instead of resorting to the simplistic solution of vaccines.

Since these vaccines only cover some high-risk types of HPV, experts still recommend regular pap smear screening even after vaccination. This only goes to show that screening remains relevant and is undeniably a better method of prevention than vaccination.

S.M. MOHD IDRIS,
President, CAP.
I just had to write in. We'll see if The Star publishes my response in a couple of days...

6 Comments:

Blogger MarytrMom said...

government/pharmaceutical conspiracy?? I'll continue to say that for the rest of my life....I agree...it's all BS

10:09 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I was practically boiling with frustration/anger/etc when I read that letter today too.

And I COMPLETELY agree with your first sentence. This person has written in one time too many to call for bans on pretty much everything under the sun- but causing undue fear and anxiety towards this vaccine among the public by getting such a letter published in a national paper may have serious repercussions.

We don't need a repeat of the MMR vaccine/autism fiasco.

Was going to write in but looks like you've got to it first- Thank you!

11:11 AM  
Anonymous pavlova said...

Well, sorry to give you more news that may cause your blood to boil. But here's another one:
http://anilnetto.com/health-care/biosafety-board-mulls-release-of-gm-mosquitoes/#more-22738

They are planning to release genetically modified mosquitoes that carry the Aedes strain in the regions of Bentong and Alor Gajah. One release will be within 0.5-1km of the population and one is within the population area.
Go read the article and links further.
So apparently they are calling for submissions. If they ever listen to them.
Yeah, one of the Malaysia- bolehness of the country, as usual.

4:38 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

the hpv issue is on the opinion section today. In the web, it's one of the most viewed.

well said dr. vagus!

6:48 PM  
Blogger pilocarpine said...

http://thestar.com.my/news/story.asp?file=/2010/8/21/focus/6892915&sec=focus

1:06 AM  
Blogger vagus said...

They edited the letter and softened up the language a bit :P

4:49 PM  

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