Gardasil safety and efficacy – debunking the HPV vaccine myths

There was an article published in Pediatrics that described how educating either teenagers or their parents about HPV vaccinations had little effect on the overall vaccination rate for the vaccine. Essentially, the researchers found that it was a 50:50 probability that any teen would get the vaccine, regardless of their knowledge of…

Properly evaluating vaccine mortality – let’s not abuse VAERS

The public's concern about adverse events, especially death, immediately or soon after vaccinations is very disruptive to vaccine uptake, leading to increased morbidity and mortality of vaccine-preventable diseases. For example, a 2009 Japanese study that showed 107 deaths following H1N1 influenza A vaccination, assumed a causality between the vaccine and the deaths…

Diane Harper, lead Gardasil researcher – what are the facts?

This is the 5th out of 13 most popular articles on Skeptical Raptor for the 2016 Year in Review. It’s all about the so-called HPV vaccine researcher, Dr. Diane Harper. Because vaccine deniers lack any scientific evidence supporting their unfounded belief system about immunizations, they tend to rely upon unscientific information like anecdotes, logical…

Vaccine open-mindedness – confessions of a science nerd

Sometimes a reasonably intelligent anti-vaccine troll will show up to an internet discussion. Although they're filled with various logical fallacies, like cherry picking, they will often say "you should be open-minded about vaccines causing autism." The thing is my vaccine open-mindedness is the precise definition of what should be open-minded.…

Identifying who is anti-vaccine

It’s natural and important to ask questions about vaccines, to have hesitations and doubts. Luckily, for pretty much every question parents ask there are reassuring answers. There is a reason the expert consensus – across countries, and at the local, national, and international level – supports vaccines so uniformly: the…

HPV vaccine and multiple sclerosis – no increased risk

I've written over about 50 articles about the safety and effectiveness of the HPV quadrivalent vaccine, known as Gardasil (or Silgard in Europe) which reduces the risk of catching human papillomavirus (HPV), one of the most common sexually transmitted infections (STI) in the USA. There are more than 40 HPV sub-types that can infect the genital areas…

Sexually transmitted infections after HPV vaccination of young women

HPV quadrivalent cancer preventing vaccine, known as Gardasil (or Silgard in Europe), can reduce the risk of several types of cancer by blocking sexually transmitted (along with a few other pathways) infection by human papillomavirus (HPV). There are more than 40 HPV sub-types that can infect the genital areas of males and females. Additionally, some HPV…