What started as a story written for the Daily Mail, by a mother who was unsure about the safety of the HPV vaccine, has turned into a rather angry conversation about vaccines and left one British TV personality accused of fear mongering.

At the end of November, British TV presenter Melinda Messenger wrote a piece for the Daily Mail about mindlessly signing an HPV vaccine permission slip for her daughter. However, by the next morning, a friend’s email left her having second thoughts.

From the Daily Mail:

“A friend emailed me some research she’d found on the internet, warning about the dangers of the HPV vaccine — an act I’m extremely grateful for.

The report came from the American College of Paediatricians, and brought my attention to a very rare, but very serious, condition called premature ovarian failure (POF), also known as premature menopause, that had been linked to the vaccine in the U.S.

Messenger did her due diligence and researched the vaccine and everything relating to it. At the end she decided against giving it to her daughter. But it wasn’t out of blind or non-existent fear; since 2006, 213 cases of premature menopause (the least of the issues reported) have been reported and off those, 88 percent were in girls who had been vaccinated against HPV.

Compared with the figures from between 1990 and 2005, before the vaccine was widely administered, there had been only seven cases reported. While that might not be a strong enough relationship for some (likely those without a uterus) it was more than enough for her.

There are more than 100 different strains of HPV and 13 have been identified as “high-risk”, responsible for causing around 90 percent of cases of cervical cancer. Four out of five women will become infected with HPV at some point in their lives and might never even know about it, because the virus is usually cleared from the body by the immune system.

When it isn’t, it can cause cervical cancer. However, the HPV vaccine has also shown to cause the very cancer is it supposed to protect people from. 

It seems that if you are a private parent making that decision, or one with a platform less likely to reach (help inform) millions- then it’s marginally ok NOT to vaccinate. However, since that wasn’t the case with Messenger, it was suggested that she share her issues “…privately. This will affect people.”.

EXACTLY. How many people did she save by speaking out?

Well done Mr Messenger.

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Source: The Daily Mail and The Sun