Studies of millions of girls who have received the vaccine do not show any correlation between the vaccine and these auto-immune illnesses.
The thing is, that in a situation where someone has an unexplained illness, they will try to look for a reason why it happened, and this is why the vaccine is often blamed.
Anti-vaxxers don't need to prove anything. They just need to sow a few seeds of doubt to get people to be afraid to vaccinate. The scientists, on the other hand, have to go through long and arduous processes to ensure that the vaccines can be shown to be safe.
I do not understand why anyone would allow their young daughters to be vaccinated with an un-tested product. I have not seen any evidence that the vaccine works. This cancer has always been uncommon and I don't see the point in having the vaccination, if in the future, women will still be invited for tests.
Sanity, I don't think this is about 'sowing seeds of doubt'. If so many reactions are being reported, it makes sense to investigate them. Should they just be ignored? No vaccine is ever 'perfectly safe'.
blimey. This is certainly a vaccination that I have concerns about. Dd is fully vaccinated. but all those vaccines have been around many years and links to any problems disproven.
but this one is fairly new and to me it stands to reason that there could be many delayed reactions that could come to light in the next few years
I think it's misleading too, to call it the cervical cancer vaccine. It's nit a vaccination against cancer from what I've read. but against a virus that may or may not cause cervical cancer if left untreated. and it doesn't cover all strains so screening is needed regardless of vaccine isn't it?
I genuinely have concerns about safety myself I heard years ago about people reporting similar side effects
trouble is that PoTS tends to show up at around the same time as the vaccine is given (in the same way as autism starts to become noticeable around the MMR time), so it's really difficult to say whether one causes the other (or more likely, is the trigger for worsening symptoms).
DD2 started fainting a few weeks after she had the HPV final dose, which was eventually diagnosed as PoTS, but crucially, once we got to grips with what PoTS was, and how it affected her, we realised that she'd been having mild symptoms for years and years. So in our case, it may be that the HPV was a trigger for her worsening symptoms, or it may be that there would have been something else, and the timing is just a coincidence.
FWIW, DD1 voluntarily got the HPV (as she was too old for the initial roll-out) and DD3 has had both doses as well. We decided that the potential risk was worth it.
"trouble is that PoTS tends to show up at around the same time as the vaccine is given"
Isn't the vaccine usually given to 12-13 year olds?
PoTS "Developmental POTS affects adolescents. Often beginning around age 14 years, peaking at 16 years , then slowly fading in young adulthood. It can occur typically after the onset of puberty and sometimes following a period of rapid growth."
Even if it does appear to be purely coincidental, I think it is worth investigating.
As POTS is massively underdiagnosed AND is massively misdiagnosed as ME/CFS/IBS/general teenager-ness, the current info re the ages it appears is pretty flawed. I know of one DC who was diagnosed at age 7, DD was diagnosed at 13 despite being told she was too young. And the symptoms creep up, it's not a "wake up one morning and you can't get out of bed" type of condition. So just because the official ages start at around 14, doesn't mean that that's when the condition starts. I read somewhere the average length of time getting a diagnosis is 10 years .
I would be really interested to see some proper research into it though, as even the experts can't properly agree as to what causes/triggers it.
The European Medicines Agency have launched an investigation in possible side effects.
Please note I am not anti-vaccination - my children were all fully vaccinated. My daughter has been unwell for six years and has POTS/autonomic dysfunction following two vaccinations. The onset of the symptoms and the timing of the reactions after the first and second shots make it obvious that her illness was triggered by the vaccine. Like the girls in the TV documentary she was very fit and healthy before all of this.
In addition, my daughter had the vaccinations at 18 - she had never fainted, never had any gastro problems or had any autonomic problems before all of this (her medical history was unremarkable). The onset of symptoms was sudden, literally overnight, so her case is not considered to be 'developmental POTS'.
I'm not an anti-vaxxer, but I wouldn't let DD have this vaccine. It was untested, and the literature I could find on it stated it would protect against the HPV for five years, possibly ten. DD was 14 with no interest in having a boyfriend. I didn't see the point in her having a vaccine until the point at which she'd need protection i.e. when she was showing an interest in having sex.
Having read this lot, I'm glad I made that choice. I remember saying at the time, "if that vaccine causes problems, they've given it to an entire generation."