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Friday, September 24, 2010

Second verse, same as the first.

Okay, so we've pretty much closed the book on the notion that vaccines cause autism, but thankfully Jezebel is here to promulgate the new hysteria about the Gardasil vaccine. And, honestly, it's not even creative hysteria:

On the one hand, most young women have not reported adverse affects to the widely-recommended HPV vaccine. On the other, when it goes bad, it's really bad.

From the time she was first vaccinated, 17-year-old Kahlia experienced mood swings, nausea and insomnia. But after a few weeks, it got much worse.

Right. As it turns out, her symptoms get worse, change frequently, and defy easy explanation, but since they occurred after the vaccine, they must be caused by it. Right, sure, and correlation equals causation. Indeed, the entire article is based on a single case that can't even be conclusively linked to Gardasil. That's about as smart as concluding that because you once broke your leg falling from a tree, that all trees are homicidal monsters. I mean, need I remind everyone of the last time we based anti-vaccine hysteria on a single extreme case?

But I digress. In the interest of saving women from cervical cancer, allow me to direct you to this page which helps to visualize the relative risks of the HPV vaccine. Put simply, 0.007% of all people who were vaccinated for HPV had a serious, but non-fatal, complication. Your lifetime risk of dying from the HPV vaccine is estimated at 1 in 145,000- which is much more favorable than the 1 in 500 risk of dying of cervical cancer, and the 1 in 260 risk of dying in a car accident.

Just something to think about.

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hah! I totally commented on this at Jezebel, something along the lines of my would-pay-money-to-punch-Jenny-McCarthy comment here.

Speaking of which, when are we kicking off that fundraiser?!

Friday, September 24, 2010 12:38:00 PM  
Blogger Drek said...

As soon as we can talk Jenny into donating her face, I suppose. Because I think doing it without her consent shifts it from "Fund raiser" to "amateur hit".

Friday, September 24, 2010 12:59:00 PM  

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