Thursday, February 22, 2007

Merck Vaccine Update

Perry, and MANY others, are still wrongly calling the HPV vaccine a "cancer" vaccine.

That's like calling sunblock a "cancer" cure - after all, it stops sunburn, which CAN lead to skin cancers, doesn't it? FoxNews.com reports
"When a company comes to me and says we have a cure for cancer,
Well, no, that's a POSSIBLE preventive of SOME cancers.

Assuming it works. Yeah, I know, the 411 is that it stops women from being infected with HPV strains that cause 70% of cervical cancers. But, I'm a little suspicious. There's a big difference between theoretical effectiveness and real-use effectiveness.

For example:

  • There's the widely known adage that nature abhors a vacuum. In scientist's lingo, an empty niche must be filled. Will another virus slip into the open slot?

  • Will the targeted viruses do what many viruses do, and mutate? Therefore rendering said protection invalid.

  • Will boosters be needed? Most vaccines need to be periodically updated. In fact, the suggested update will need to be scheduled just when those 11 and 12 year old girls are hitting their peak of sexual activity.

    And, FYI, MOST booster shots are not given. The now-vulnerable person is an adult, and decides to do what most 20-somethings do - spend the cash that could protect their health on wild times, living expenses, college costs, cars, etc.

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