Thursday, June 19, 2008

Is This Really Necessary?

It's bad enough that the science is still out on the value (let alone safety) of the HPV vaccine for young ladies. So what are we to make of this:
Give. Me. A. Break.
As we've noted before, "vaccinated boys were 2.5 times more likely to have neurological disorders (such as autism) than those who had not "had all their shots." So would increasing the number of vaccines reduce cancer risks? We really don't know.
On the one hand, it's claimed that "(t)he vaccine, Gardasil, is proven to prevent infection from four particularly dangerous strains of HPV in women." That would seem to be a "slam dunk" insofar as vaccine's effectiveness is concerned.
And yet:
So what's the rush?
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