The myth of Gardasil researcher Diane Harper – debunked

This article is out of date, and an article about Dr. Diane Harper has been substantially updated with new information and background. The comments have been closed, please comment on the revised article. 

Because vaccine deniers lack any scientific evidence supporting their unfounded belief system about immunizations, they tend to rely upon unscientific information like anecdotes, misinterpretation of data, or ignorant Italian provincial courts to make their case. It’s rather easy to debunk these claims, but because of the nature of the internet, old news is recycled as “brand new,” requiring a whole new round of blog posts to discredit the misinformation. It’s impossible to recall one single instance where a vaccine refuser made a statement about vaccines that was not, in fact, rather quickly debunked. Not one.

The pro-children’s health side, those of us who think that vaccines save lives, have been winning the hearts and minds for awhile, given that still around 95% of children in the USA get all of their immunizations prior to entering kindergarten. But that doesn’t stop the refusers from trying, because it’s apparent that the we have gone 360º, so a batch of old anti-vaccination memes are making the rounds again.

One of the latest ones involves the so-called lead Gardasil researcher, Dr. Diane Harper, a former Merck & Co. employee who apparently had some management role in the clinical trials of the HPV quadrivalent vaccine, also known as Gardasil (or Silgard in Europe).

What is HPV?

Genital human papillomavirus (HPV) is the most common sexually transmitted infection (STI) in the USA. There are more than 40 HPV sub-types that can infect the genital areas of males and females. Additionally, some HPV types can also infect the mouth and throat. HPV is generally transmitted from personal contact during vaginal, anal or oral sex.

HPV is linked to cancers in men and women, and because there are so many subtypes, research has established which HPV types are linked to certain cancers.

  • Cervicalvulvarvaginal, and anal cancers can be caused by HPV types 16, 18, 31, 33, 45, 52, and 58.
  • Genital warts are caused by HPV types 6 and 11. Although genital warts are generally benign (though unsightly), there is a small chance they develop into cancers.
  • Various precancerous lesions of the cervix, vulva, vagina, and anus can be caused by HPV types 6, 11, 16, 18, 31, 33, 45, 52, and 58
  • Oropharyngeal and penile cancers are caused by subtypes 16 and 18.

HPV is believed to cause nearly 5% of all new cancers across the world, making it almost as dangerous with regards to cancer as tobacco. According to the CDC, roughly 79 million Americans are infected with HPV–approximately 14 million Americans contract HPV every year. Most individuals don’t even know they have the infection until the onset of cancer. About 27,000 HPV-related cancers are diagnosed in the USA every year.


According to the CDC, the annual numbers of HPV-related diseases in the USA are:

  • About 360,000 persons in the U.S. get genital warts each year
  • About 10,300 women in the U.S. get cervical cancer each year
  • 2,100 vulvar cancers
  • 500 vaginal cancers
  • 600 penile cancers
  • 2,800 anal cancers in women
  • 1,500 anal cancers in men
  • 8,400 oropharyngeal cancers in men and women (Note: oropharyngeal cancers are also related to smoking, chewing tobacco, and other factors, so it’s difficult to determine which are HPV-related and which are only partially related.)

What is Gardasil?

The original HPV quadrivalent vaccine, known as Gardasil (or Silgard in Europe), can prevent infection by human papillomavirus, substantially reducing the risk of these types of cancers. An HPV bivalent vaccine, known as Cervarix, is used in some countries, but only provides protection again two of the subtypes most associated with cervical cancer.

The new version of Gardasil, recently cleared by the US Food and Drug Administration, protects teens and young adults from 9 subtypes of HPV, helping prevent more cancers.


Currently in the United States, the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) recommends that preteen girls and boys aged 11 or 12 are vaccinated against HPV. The immunization is also recommended for teenage girls and young women up to the age of 26 who did not receive it when they were younger, and teenage boys and young men up to the age of 21.

Gardasil prevents at least 6 types of cancer, and that’s better than all the “natural” supplements that you could consume.

Who’s Dr. Diane Harper?

First, Dr. Diane Harper is described as “the lead researcher in the development of the human papilloma virus vaccines, Gardasil and Cervarix.” Cervarix is an HPV vaccine, but Dr. Harper had little to do with the development of that product. It is a bivalent vaccine (Gardasil is a quadrivalent vaccine) manufactured by GlaxoSmithKline.

With that piece of misinformation out of the way, Dr. Harper’s role, as is typical with most pharmaceutical companies, was to manage various aspects of the clinical trial for the company. That would be everything from making certain that protocols are accurate, that Institutional Review Boards have approved the trial, that appropriate numbers of patients are enrolled, that placebos and drugs are delivered in a blinded manner to the researchers, and about a few hundred other items.

In general, Dr. Harper, as an employee of Merck, would not have “lead the research”, and she could not vaccinate patients included in the Phase 3 clinical trial–that would be unethical and proscribed by ANY pharmaceutical companies’ protocols. There would have been an intentional wall between her and the clinicians. Moreover, she did not “develop” the drug in any meaningful manner, because she apparently was not a bench researcher–her role wasn’t in basic R&D, but mostly in clinical trials (though she may have provided a lot of guidance to the R&D staff, if Merck is structured like most Pharmaceutical companies).

What are the vaccine deniers saying about Dr. Harper?

Dr. Harper, as is claimed by a number of vaccine refuseniks (there are numerous websites that repeat the same story, almost verbatim), decided to “come clean” about Gardasil so that she could “sleep at night.” The antivaccination world have attached themselves to this story, because they think it uncovers a conspiracy or lies by the vaccine manufacturers, since obviously Dr. Harper escaped from the evil clutches of Big Pharma.

During a presentation at the 4th International Public Conference on Vaccination, which took place in Reston, Virginia on Oct. 2nd through 4th, 2009, Dr. Harper is alleged to have stated that the cervical cancer risk in the USA is already low, and that vaccinations will have no significant effect upon the rate of that cancer in the USA. It is correct to state that the number of HPV-related cancers is relatively low.

Dr. Harper has gone off the rails on this point. Even though the risk of these cancers is low, it is not 0. This misuse of statistics is one of the most problematic issues I have with anti-science, woo-pushing individuals. Over 20,000 cancers, most of them very deadly or damaging, can be prevented quickly and easily with a vaccine that has shown, in massive (100’s of thousands of patients) clinical trials, to not have any serious side effects. None.

I don’t get the math of the antivaccine crowd. They round down the consequences of not vaccinating to 0%, and round up the risk of adverse events to 100%–if this weren’t so serious, it would be one of the best statistics jokes ever.

But what did Dr. Harper actually say?

According to transcripts, during the meeting, Dr. Harper actually stated:

About eight in every ten women who have been sexually active will have HPV at some stage of their life.  Normally there are no symptoms, and in 98 per cent of cases it clears itself.  But in those cases where it doesn’t, and isn’t treated, it can lead to pre-cancerous cells which may develop into cervical cancer.

Wait, when did she say that the HPV vaccine wouldn’t help? That’s not what I’m reading with that quote. Everything in science is nuanced, so what Dr. Harper said was accurate.

But here’s how one antivaccine lunatic interprets her comments:

One must understand how the establishment’s word games are played to truly understand the meaning of the above quote, and one needs to understand its unique version of “science”.  When they report that untreated cases “can” lead to something that “may” lead to cervical cancer, it really means that the relationship is merely a hypothetical conjecture that is profitable if people actually believe it.  In other words, there is no demonstrated relationship between the condition being vaccinated for and the rare cancers that the vaccine might prevent, but it is marketed to do that nonetheless.  In fact, there is no actual evidence that the vaccine can prevent any cancer.

That’s not what she said. What she is saying is that the event is statistically rare, but it is not 0. When science says “it may develop into cancer” it means that for each individual the risk that the cancer “may develop” is small, but when looking at a large group, it’s no longer “may”–it is definite that some number of that group will contract the cancer as a result of an HPV-infection.

We don’t know why some women will get cervical cancer and some won’t. Some women have better screening (but even finding it early can have bad consequences for reproductive health). Typically, science deniers, including the antivaccination gang, lack understanding of how statistics work. A low risk is not a zero risk. But on the other hand a low risk is not a 100% risk (the antivaccine crowd works both angles).

Then the same vaccine denier repeats a myth that can be found in the dumpsters of VAERS:

So far, 15,037 girls have reported adverse side effects from Gardasil alone to the Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System (V.A.E.R.S.), and this number only reflects parents who underwent the hurdles required for reporting adverse reactions.  At the time of writing, 44 girls are officially known to have died from these vaccines.  The reported side effects include Guillian Barré Syndrome (paralysis lasting for years, or permanently — sometimes eventually causing suffocation), lupus, seizures, blood clots, and brain inflammation.  Parents are usually not made aware of these risks.

Let’s look at VAERS first. Vaccine deniers, especially in the USA, use passive data from the Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System (VAERS), a system where individuals can report supposed adverse events post-vaccination, to “prove” certain adverse events. The reports can be made online, by fax or by mail. However, there are no investigations to show any type of causality between the vaccination event and the claimed mortality that are reported to the VAERS database, and, frankly, it can be gamed by those with corrupt intentions.

VAERS is a feel-good system for those who think that there’s a link between vaccines and something terrible, but without an active investigation, the data is just above the level of totally meaningless, and is absolutely not scientific. Most epidemiologists know it is valueless. Even the VAERS system itself says that the data cannot be used to ascertain the difference between coincidence and true causality. There is a background rate for mortality, across all causes, irrespective of whether an individual is vaccinated or not, and unless you understand the background rate, the vaccine “mortality” rate has no scientific meaning. In fact, we could provide a Starbucks coffee drinking in the car “mortality rate”, which may or may not have any causality whatsoever.

Furthermore, there is simply no evidence that 44 girls “are officially known to have died from these vaccines.” This is one of those myths that keep getting transmitted by one antivaccine group to another, much like an HPV infection. Using VAERS to make any kind of conclusion is merely an intellectually lazy and ignorant method of trying to make a point. Real research done by real researchers published in real journals show no evidence of any kind that Gardasil does anything but prevent HPV infections in young girls.

Moreover, real evidence found in real case controlled epidemiological studies has established the fact that Gardasil is extraordinarily safe, maybe one of the safest vaccines EVER.

More about Dr. Diane Harper 

But let’s set this aside, and go back to Dr. Harper. Guess what? The truth is a lot different.

  • Dr. Ben Goldacre, who consistently writes about making drug companies accountable for their actions and exaggerated claims, actually interviewed Dr. Harper after the antivaccine world exploded with this information. She told Goldacre that “I fully support the HPV vaccines. I believe that in general they are safe in most women.”
  • Dr. Harper’s view on the HPV vaccine is not a secret. She has published several articles about HPV, cancer and HPV vaccines. In one article, she distinctly states her point of view. She says we do not know how the protection from the vaccines will last, and this might affect a cost-benefit decision about the vaccine. She is not saying that it’s a safety vs. benefit question, merely that the cost of an HPV immunization program, if the effect of the vaccine is not long enough, could mean that it is too expensive for the expected results. I would argue with her that there is a value of saving even a handful of lives. I wouldn’t be troubled by the cost of the HPV vaccine (well, unless it were $1 million per dose or something), given that it has a measurable effect on reducing the risk of cancer, and would purchase it for my daughters.
  • She also stated that she is concerned about the aggressive advertising campaign of Merck, which may lead individuals to believe they are now completely invisible to HPV, so they may avoid other STD-preventing precautions, which might lead to higher rates of other types of STD’s, even HIV infections. This is valid, since this invincibility is suggested by Merck’s advertising. Moreover, many of us in the biomedical field, even ones who have worked for Big Pharma, are disgusted by the advertising claims for prescription pharmaceuticals.
  • Dr. Harper also suspects that women who get the HPV vaccine are probably the ones who will be more punctilious about scheduling and visiting their doctor for every one of their cancer screening appoints, so the vaccination would have little impact on their risk of death from cancer. But even there, she states that this select group will benefit in the reduction in certain conditions caused by treating for precancerous changes in cervical cells.

But do you know what is the most telling point about Dr. Harper? If she’s so negative about vaccines in general, and Gardasil specifically, where are her rants on antivaccination websites? Because other than the articles which misrepresent Dr. Harper’s actual viewpoint about Gardasil, it’s impossible to find any writing from Dr. Harper stating, either implicitly or explicitly, that she thinks that Gardasil is bad.

In a 2012 peer-reviewed article about Cervarix, Dr. Harper states that “Cervarix is an excellent choice for both screened and unscreened populations due to its long-lasting protection, its broad protection for at least five oncogenic HPV types, the potential to use only one-dose for the same level of protection, and its safety.”

Again, she speculates that cervical cancer screening may be just as useful, but nowhere does she recommend that the vaccine not be used, that it’s safety profile is unacceptable, or that the vaccine cannot prevent cancer. In fact, she recommends expanding the guidelines for HPV vaccines for older women because as they age, they are more susceptible to other serotypes of HPV, against which Cervarix confers protection. She also states that Cervarix may also have a protective effect against some autoimmune disorders. This does not sound like a researcher who is losing sleep about the HPV vaccine, but who fully supports its use, with some exceptions.

Dr. Diane Harper is one of the leading researchers in biomedical science, an individual who has spent her life studying vaccines. She has the academic training and research credibility at a level that if she said “Gardasil is dangerous”, many of us would stand up and begin to wonder.

But the facts are she has not said anything of the sort about Gardasil and Cervarix. In peer-reviewed articles published in important, high impact journals, she has given strong, but scientifically qualified, endorsements to HPV vaccines. These are the facts. Any other allegations about her lack of support for vaccinations is based on misinformation, disinformation and lies.

Gardasil does not increase sexual activity of young girls. HPV vaccinations were found to be extremely safe, with no serious adverse events observed in large clinical trials. And it has been shown to reduce the prevalence of HPV in young women. These are the scientific facts, and from them, we can conclude, as did Dr. Harper, that HPV vaccines save lives.

TL;DR version

  • Dr. Diane Harper may or may not have been some level of manager at Merck during clinical trials for Gardasil.
  • Dr. Harper may or may not have said that the vaccine’s economic benefits are sufficient to recommend it.
  • Dr. Harper did not say it was dangerous.
  • Dr. Harper continues to publish positive research about HPV vaccines.
  • Dr. Harper was obviously used by the antivaccine movement, and is frequently misquoted.

Editor’s note: This article was originally published in August 2013. It has been completely revised and updated to include more comprehensive information, to improve readability and to add current research.

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    J Vaccines Vaccin. Author manuscript; available in PMC 2013 Jun 24.
    Published in final edited form as:
    J Vaccines Vaccin. 2010 Nov 23; 1(107): 1000107.Published online 2010 Nov 23. doi: 10.4172/2157-7560.1000107
    PMCID: PMC3690661
    NIHMSID: NIHMS470693
    Review of Gardasil
    Diane M Harper,1,* Stephen L. Vierthaler,2 and Jennifer A Santee3
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  • fgfg gfgfgf

    Citing the CDC or Fda is pretty much meaningless, How many times have they approved a drug that they later ended up having to take off the market ? Theyre paid off by the pharm companies that control our government. If even a small risk exists with the HPV vaccine, why get it when 90 percent of HPV goes away by itself and you can just get regular checkups and treat it ? Meantime youre way more likely to get cancer or heart disease with all the junk you eat but I dont see people changing their eating habits. why? because it isnt pushed on us like vaccines are, if anything eating unhealthy is pushed on us. All this fear mongering to make money

  • fgfg gfgfgf

    yeah lets trust the cdc and fda theres no conflict of interest there, and because other vaccines kill just as many people its ok that hpv does, if you get this instead of just changing your lifestyle youre a moron

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  • Mike Stevens

    Good update raptor. Just to add to your statement that:
    “However, there are no investigations to show any type of causality between the vaccination event and the claimed mortality that are reported to the VAERS database.”

    Do you mean “Investigations do not show any type of causality”, or that “no investigations have been done to show causality”?
    The CDC did analyse the HPV vaccine reports in 2009 and concluded that there was no evidence that the reported deaths were in fact due to the vaccine (Can’t find the source just now, but it was In JAMA I think).
    There are also analyses of VAERS reports to establish causality, such as this one:

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  • mrhdiver

    People are so gullible. They actually wallpapered their kids’ rooms with DDT infused wallpaper and while their kids were exposed to those neurological toxins, they were teething on furniture with lead based paints. Meanwhile, the older kids (and adults) were swimming in untreated sewage. No wonder crippling diseases were rampant.

    Even the CDC admits that clean water, improved sanitation and hygiene led to the bottoming out of infectious diseases DECADES before vaccinations were developed. Diseases spiked once vaccinations were started and kids got sick and died. –

    But the diseases were treatable with – omigosh – high doses of Vitamin C. Dr. Klenner cured ALL of his polio patients within 72 hours with VItamin C. This information was conveniently BURIED. and the suppression:

    Still saving lives today – if you get a court order, that is:

    It was also known that Vitamin A would temper measles cases making them very mild and last only 24 to 48 hours. And the bonus – lifelong immunity.

    Mercury still exists in trace amounts in some vaccine and more in others. Aluminum is in many. The effects of aluminum in the body? Scary:

    • You’re funny.

      1. DDT ended malaria in the USA. Sometimes the benefits far exceed the risks. Bet you didn’t know that. I’m pretty sure your mind can’t wrap itself around that.

      2. That’s not what the CDC says. It says that vaccines ended these epidemics. Yes, vaccines, but again, ignorance is bliss.

      3. Please provide me with peer-reviewed studies that support your belief. Because, I have tons of peer-reviewed studies that show that excess vitamin C makes you have a very high urine content for vitamin C. LMAO.

      4. Youtube is not a reliable source.

      5. Vitamin A does not prevent measles or makes it mild. It is only useful in vitamin a deficient individuals who contract measles. Get your facts right.

      6. There is no mercury in vaccines. Please provide a reliable source. And yes aluminum is in some vaccines, but the fucking dose matters. Do you have any clue about dose-response in toxicology? Didn’t think so.

      Your claims are without merit and are dismissed without prejudice.

      • mrhdiver

        Malaria is treatable – without drugs. Like so many other conditions. But, obviously little profit in cheap treatments that are highly effective.

      • mrhdiver

        Smart people can be so UNsmart…

        The idea that toxins have played any role in poliomyelitis outbreaks is not widely accepted, to say the least. In his Pulitzer Prize-winning 1995 book, Polio, Peter Oshinsky dismisses it in a sentence: By 1952, the peak year of the epidemic, the search for answers had grown so desperate that “a few blamed the dumping of poisons into the environment, especially the pesticide DDT,” he writes.[ix]

        Yet on the very next page, Oshinsky describes a farm family, frantic about the epidemic sweeping Iowa that awful summer. The parents “tested the well water – it was fine – and used extra DDT to drive away flies.” Still, nine of their 11 children were affected, two of them paralyzed. The family “had done everything they were told to do,” Oshinsky writes, “everything they could. Why had it happened to them?”

      • mrhdiver

        Benefit versus risk isn’t the question here. Effect is the question. If exposure to DDT, lead arsenic and lead potentiated the polio outbreak and restricting those chemicals caused the end of the outbreak that would explain why very confused and gullible people accept the polio vaccine as the ‘sacred cow’ cure when it’s really the ‘cash cow’ myth.

      • mrhdiver
      • mrhdiver

        $$$$$$. This is pretty astonishing. Kids with active hepatitis are allowed to go to school but not healthy unvaccinated kids. Such logic! It’s clearly about the money and not health.

        • Katie Robinson


      • mrhdiver

        Historical records prove that smallpox was not eradicated by vaccine. Yet it is the primary thing cited to generate support for vaccine.

        Smallpox vaccine was last used in the general population in the United States in 1971. At that time, the risk of serious adverse effects from immunization was judged to be greater than the risk of exposure to smallpox, the last nonlaboratory US case of which occurred in 1949.6 In 1983, distribution of the vaccine to civilian populations was discontinued, and vaccine production was stopped. Since 1990, when immunization of military personnel ended, smallpox immunization has been recommended only for laboratory workers at risk of exposure to orthopoxviruses and for researchers using vaccinia virus. Response teams from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) with special expertise in smallpox management were immunized in 2001.7 The vaccine also has been given to adult volunteers specifically for the purpose of determining whether stored vaccine and diluted vaccine retain immunogenicity.8,9

        Encyclopedia Brittanica:

        More history on the smallpox vaccine. The vaccinated death rate was 300% compared to unvaccinated which is why they made the smallpox vaccine illegal.

        Let any who are interested in statistics consider these tables, and point out the advantage derived from Vaccination. In the first place, the rate of mortality from Smallpox in Vaccinated Berlin in 1871 was threefold that of Unvaccinated Berlin in 1746; and whilst in 1746 not a single adult died of Smallpox, 2,443 perished in 1871, constituting nearly half of the total mortality! Such is the fruit of Vaccination and Revaccination! There is nothing peculiar about these tables, or about Berlin. The facts they exhibit are common facts that are found repeated everywhere. [1884] SIR LYON PLAYFAIR taken to Pieces and Disposed of: LIKEWISE SIR CHARLES W. DILKE, BART by William White

        The vaccinated were more likely to contract smallpox than the unvaccinated back in the 1800s epidemic – from the Encyclopedia Britannica 1888.

        “It is often alleged that the unvaccinated are so much inflammable material in the midst of the community, and that smallpox begins among them and gathers force so that it sweeps even the vaccinated before it. Inquiry into the facts has shown that at Cologne in 1870 the first unvaccinated person attacked by smallpox was the 174th in order of time, at Bonn the same, year the 42d, and at Liegnitz in 1871 the 225th..”—Dr. Charles Creighton M.A., M.D. Encyclopedia Britannica, published in 1888

  • Melody Hopkins

    Women who receive the human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine may be more
    likely to be infected with certain high-risk strains of the virus than
    women who do not get the vaccine, according to a new study

    but not to worry, you just have to get – (you guessed it) more shots
    and you’ll survive! (or so they hope)

    • Apparently you cannot read. Those who have never been infected with HPV have a lower risk of contracting HPV if vaccinated. Duh.

      You cherry pick one point that is probably explained by individuals who had a previous HPV infection cannot have it blocked by the vaccine. Because vaccines prevent, they don’t cure, infectious diseases.

      Sorry to blow your stupidity out of the water.

  • Ameretsu

    While I appreciate what you’re trying to do here you’re undermining you own efforts. Once you take a stance that is aggressively negative towards a group, like anti-vaccers, you look like an ass, and anything intelligent you say is automatically taken with a dump truck of salt because you are attacking the reputation of a disagreeing group. Not only that but you dismiss the work of Dr.Harper, then proceed to use her answers to further you’re point.
    I’m not saying you’re not right, you are, I’m saying you went about it the wrong way and aren’t going to convince people who believe otherwise to believe you by being rude.

    • J-dawg

      Antivaxxers are idiots and no amount of actual information will sway them, presented courteously or otherwise. That’s not the point of highlighting the misinformation they spread.

    • I don’t actually care. This blog has one purpose–to eviscerate the stupidity of the antivaccine cult and their ignorant beliefs that harm children. They are complete fools.

      Being rude is perfectly acceptable to me. And my Big Pharma puppet masters think I’m too nice. LMAO.

    • bilingualmom

      “You dismiss the work of Dr. Harper, then proceed to use her answers to further your point”. I’m glad you saw that, too. Skeptical Raptor has an agenda, that is for sure, and no matter what logical statements he/she is presented with, will find a way to twist them into that agenda.

      • I know you don’t understand the subtle world of irony, given your lack of education, but it was irony. She is an idiot for supporting the hate-filled anti-vaccination cult. But it contradicts her actual real research that shows the HPV vaccine to be safe and effective. I think she desires fame.

        • bilingualmom

          My “lack of education” includes a master’s degree, FYI. Funny how you are just so smart that you automatically know things, like how much education someone has whom you’ve never met, across the digital divide. You are incredibly talented!

          • Katie Robinson

            Yes, I have 4 degrees, one in neuroscience so I can’t be total moron, in addition to being a top notch parent and having a high IQ, oh and having come from a place where these poisons weren’t’ necessary but children’s immunity was built up naturally – since corporations and pharmaceutical companies didn’t run the entire country, unlike here where they can easily brainwash and manipulate their obedient sheep.

        • Katie Robinson

          and your big pharma corporate greed supporter sheep herd isn’t a cult? f**k out of here

  • Kate Purnell

    Studies with a 2-week followup will NOT detect significant adverse events such as auto immune disorders. To quote the following article, the time-delay between vaccination and autoantibodies is “always 2-3 months following immunization”.

  • 1johnnyrotten1

    thank you big pharma for all your wonderful vaccines and other life saving drugs…if not for you the human race wouldn’t have survived for tens of thousands of years…. oh wait….

    • mrhdiver

      That’s right…the trail of bodies and broken lives.

  • A big problem with original Gardasil is that it is effective against only two high-risk oncogenic (cancer-causing) strains of HPV, out of 19 known high risk types. That covers such a small percentage of cases that a recent CDC study (Markowitz 2013) found that vaccinated girls were actually MORE likely than unvaccinated girls to become infected with high-risk strains of HPV. The cause might be that the behavioral effects of the perceived “protection” worsened the risk of infection by more than the immunity to two types of HPV lessened the risk.

    The new Gardasil 9 adds protection for five more high risk HPV types. But, even so, at best it will prevent only about 35% of HPV infections with high-risk (cancer-causing) strains of HPV. So it is very important that sexually active women understand that they are still at risk from cervical cancer, and they still need regular exams and PAP smears, regardless of whether they were vaccinated, and regardless of what vaccine they received.

    Here’s some more information:

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  • Shauna22

    Wow. I might have listened to what you had to say until you started disrespecting people, swearing and talking about your left nut sack. How is that showing any intelligence? And to let you know, I do vaccinate my children. I will let my daughter decide whether she wants that one or not though.

    • J-dawg

      Because telling kids they get to decide whether they want a shot or not is always a good idea. Especially when they have such a good grasp on statistics, the distant future and sexual activity.

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  • Marcos_Brazil

    You didn’t debunk anything.
    There are hundreds or thousands of serious articles about the dangers of this vaccine.
    Shame on you.


      I should drug test people before they post here, because obviously some individuals are high.

      • Calamity

        Hahahahaaa. They should drug test you for believing what corporations and government tells you to believe. You sound like a tool of the first order.

        I have a bridge I’d like you to look at.

        • That’s best you can do? Yup, my left nutsack is more intelligent than you.

          • Joshua Jansen

            For a moderator, you are not very moderate. I agree with what your saying, but you honestly are everything except moderate.

  • becky

    Seriously, SKEPTICAL RAPTOR? LORD MODERATOR? God complex much? Try thinking for yourself. “It’s impossible to recall one single instance where a vaccine refuser
    made a statement about vaccines that was not, in fact, rather quickly
    debunked. Not one.” This is your basis of belief, steeped in conjecture. Many can point to the falsehood of this statement and give solid evidence against it but you will continue to believe whatever fits your agenda. Happy trails on your destroying of teenage girls lives and celebrating their deaths.

    • I don’t have a “belief” in vaccines. I only accept high quality evidence. And good luck to your causing the death of women and men from cancer. I really wish there was a hell, because you’d be living there. But lucky for you, when we all die, we just turn into a puddle of organic molecules and inorganic salts.

      • Calamity

        you would have to have a basis to define ‘Quality”. You make subjective comments and judgmental opinions. You have zero credibility. Not because of what you believe, but because your logic and thinking are so far off. you may actually be insane. I often wonder how some people come to conclusions about things that can’t be easily proven, and then start flapping their lips like they know something and it’s just so obvious that everybody doesn’t see it their way. Like I said, you’re a tool!

        • Quality is easy to define in science. Publication in peer reviewed journals then followed up by inclusion in systematic reviews. See, it’s easy. I do know something, and my left nutsack knows more than you.

          so, I do appreciate the ad hominem attacks. It shows your lack of evidence based knowledge.

          • Not an idiot

            It’s people like you, oh moderator, that get the anti-vaxx people digging their heels in.
            Go to their sites, it’s information and questions.
            Go here, it’s “lunatic” this and “nut sac” that.

            What a tool. I didn’t even read this because of the very first paragraph. Learn how to debate.
            And yeah, Gardasil is among SO MANY that are not properly tested, and the “tests” that are run are done by companies with conflicts of interest.

            But you know, you should know that being such an advocate for science. (peer review anyone?)

            No, I’m not going to bother linking you to any information. I don’t feel like being shamed for my actual intelligence.

      • TJTruth2

        You are a zealot with blind faith in pre-determined conclusion – that all vaccines are equally safe. How ironic that a self-professed “pro-science” blabbermouth would be so-closed minded when it comes to science.

  • Kristen Gerlach Olmos

    Tell that to the parents of the dead children from gardasil. ..or any other parent of a vaccine Injured child. They have to deal with that FOR LIFE. You can’t tell them it’s ‘unfounded’ u heartless pricks

    • jj

      Which study was this ?

    • Anecdotes don’t equal data. And more anecdotes don’t mean more data. There is NO evidence that Gardasil was linked to these young women. Other than parents who want to blame something. But it’s not science.

      • Calamity

        Prove it. You’ve made some pretty grand statements with no citations or scientific evidence to back it up. “Anecdotes don’t equal data!”

        • Joshua Jansen

          Read this. It’s reasonably relevant, considering the claim is that the CDC called it unsafe, and here, not only call it safe, but explain the circumstances and actual causes of the deaths blamed on Gardasil.

      • Kristen Gerlach Olmos
        • 1. Courts don’t decide science. They don’t use the scientific method. They rely on one person to reduce all of science into a decision.
          2. 50 claims out of 100 million doses? That’s funny. All that shows is that the rate of some of these so-called adverse events is lower for those vaccinated with Gardasil than the general population. See, Gardasil saves lives. (You really need to update your knowledge of epidemiology…what’s that? You don’t have a Ph.D. in epidemiology? Ignorance is bliss.)
          3. Bring real evidence in the form of real published articles in real journals that show Gardasil does anything. I’ve got several articles, totaling over 3 million Gardasil patients in case controlled epidemiological studies, and guess what? Some fainting upon injection, a typical response to needles.

          Well, I don’t expect you to find anything real, because you’re delusional.

          • Buffymom9

            And the dead girls?

          • Not an idiot

            Here you go again. Tool. “Well, I don’t expect you to find anything real, because you’re delusional.”

    • Joshua Jansen

      Just as a side note, the CDC, which you touted as proof of the dangers of Gardasil, have actually released a paper summarizing their study on the 32 deaths attributed to Gardasil and other HPV vaccines, but directly stated that it could not be attributed to the virus. In fact, with all the bodies they could autopsy, they were able to attribute the deaths to “diabetes, viral illness, illicit drug use, and heart failure”

  • allensouth

    some of us DO KNOW . i been opposed to vaccines since 1963 when i was 11y old . read this link, 2 sections . we were taught some of this history in middle school . no we are not idiots .

    • That’s not science. That’s an anecdote. And yes you are all idiots.

      • Calamity

        Coming from a mental defective and anti-social, I would say you are more,, oh such much more than an idiot!

        • Not an idiot

          No kidding.

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    • Calamity

      That you make sweeping comments without qualification or definition. That’s all I can say based on the lack of substance that you’ve posted.

      • Joshua Jansen

        His was of far more substance than yours. Whats the most substantial thing you’ve said all day?

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    • Not an idiot

      EXCEPT here. Where we just dig our heels in and call the other people idiots.

      ha ha.
      Seriously this blog is a bigger joke than the onion.

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    • Calamity

      If? Really? You just stated that “If” something? Could you predicate an argument on anything weaker?

    • mkap10

      Nicole, you’re actually citing “foodbabe” as a source? She is a moron who knows exactly nothing, about anything. Her posts are reliably free of facts or evidence. Citing her as a source shows that we can pretty much disregard anything you say, about anything. And true to form, your comment about GMO’s is content-free. “Food in a package”? Meaningless.

      • Trinity

        First, calling anyone ”a moron” is not the most polite or wise thing to do. I don’t know the person you are referring to as ”foodbabe” nor have I ever saw particular blog by that person. Anyway, I will search for it and see what is it about? Meanwhile, do you mkap10 really expect from any blogger out there to give you scientific proof on anything when you know they are mostly not scientists and scientists don’t give those answers yet ,as we can see. I hope there is no need to remind you that this page is landing on site called DISQUS.COM ,which means everybody here have a right to say their point of view and without being called names for doing so. That is why this is called discussion not fight.Blogging should be based on some kind of research, I agree. But Bloggers are not obligated to resolve scientific issues or to pin point exact researches done. They have a right to simply stand their point of view based on whatever resource they have found appropriate. Will that be accurate or not is a big question, but surely is not the reason for name calling anyone with different opinion.
        A blog originally came from the word “weblog” or a “web log”.
        You can think of it as an online journal or diary, although blogs are used for much more now, like online journalism.
        A blogger is someone who blogs, or writes content for a blog,either personal or corporate one.
        That is the definition of the words Blog and Blogger.
        Blogger can be anyone and Blogging is often used for getting attention onto some important issue ( which is ,btw, nice way of addressing the issue you want to help by spreading the word out if you are not specialist).
        And people tend to cite whatever they can find that either creates or supports their own understanding of the addressed problem.
        So, chill out. Basically, every one of us has their own right to believe or not to believe something and to do research on the topic the way we find sufficient or appropriate or satisfying.

        One’s choice of words and behaviour towards others speaks greatly about that person, even more than any diploma, certificate or title gained.

        Oh, and what exactly makes you believe that all scientific studies are and must be the definite truth ,when we have all witnessed throughout the history that very often some scientific facts becomes ruled-out? (like ,for example, astronomy had and teached us all the fact that the planet Pluto is Planet -it was discovered in 1930, and was long considered our solar system’s ninth planet. But after the discovery of similar intriguing worlds deeper in the distant Kuiper Belt, icy Pluto was reclassified as a dwarf planet and has been cut out of the definition of the Solar system, which also has very questionable history being that it was thought and claimed for centuries that Earth is flat until scientific fact changed and it is again once more under the question – so nothing is really credible for sure right?)

    • Joshua Jansen

      I hate to hate, but this is one of the most disgusting posts I have ever seen repeated by a wide variety of people. I have nothing against you, but this is not only an attempt to discredit his statements by claiming them a bi-product of the pharmaceutical companies, but an attempt to insult him in comparison to the apparently malicious “pharma fascists”. The very assertion that that makes them wrong is an assertion of the genetic fallacy: the fallacy of believing a source of information is relevant to the veracity of the information. It can be relevant to the credibility of it -or how likely it is to be accurate -but not the veracity. The only variable relevant to the veracity is whether it is right, or whether it is wrong. I have seen Steven Hawkings miscalculate long division, and I swear this one time George W Bush was correct about foreign powers having weapons of mass destruction.

    • Joshua Jansen

      That is true, but I wouldn’t ditch the shooting range if I heard about gun safety, and I certainly wouldn’t put away my vest because I felt like I knew what I was doing. Extra precaution is a wonderful thing to give people, especially when they are hormone addled teenagers or something of the sort.

    • mkap10

      Excellent point! The same people who disregard peer-reviewed research are quick to accept a single anecdote or a blogger like “food babe” as significant.

    • mkap10

      Your links don’t work. And an anecdote in Macleans is not what most of us who actually do research for a living would consider evidence. Of anything. But you think that “researching” means reading blogs, don’t you?

    • mkap10

      And no, I don’t, and have never worked for “big pharma”, not that that should make a difference.

    • mkap10

      How can we prove an anecdote to be wrong? Anecdotes themselves don’t prove anything. No, you do NOT “know 5 woman (sic) whose daughters have serious long term effects from this vaccine.” You know 5 women who THINK their daughters have serious long-term effects from a vaccine. Unfortunately, you can’t infer cause and effect from anecdotes, or single events. That’s why we do research- we look at a lot of people, with control groups and treatment groups, to try to determine if there is a real association between the treatment and either a good or a bad outcome. You have no way of knowing whether the long-term effects you relate had anything to do with the vaccine, or were going to happen anyway as they undoubtedly also happen to people who haven’t had the vaccine. Finally, a study for 5 years with 1500 subjects is actually pretty good, and certainly way more useful than 5 anecdotes. And science doesn’t work by taking any single study as definitive- you need to look at the whole range of studies and see if there is a pattern. If you look at all the studies of this vaccine in aggregate, you will see a very large number of people have been studied for many years.

      • Trinity

        How is it giving a vaccine to 1500 people and than make study on them different than using lab rats? I am not asking this in biological sense, but in ethical one. Doing that equals those 1500 to lab rats. And giving them vaccine with yet not determined effect is pure crime. Why should anyone with sane mind take that vaccine or allow their children to take it when the healthy or unhealthy effects of it obviously hasn’t been proven yet ? Besides, the fact that vaccine itself protects only partially from only few specific strings of HPV is not good enough for any human to make such decision considering that 8 out of 10 people get infected and only 2% if untreated CAN and MAY have risk of developing cancer? Meanwhile the body count rises and nobody really tries to prove the cause connected to vaccines, though the residue of HPV vaccines has been found post-mortem in all those cases? And what happens if child gets one dose of HPV vaccine and don’t get second to complete the cycle?

    • mkap10

      Short version: do you understand that it looks a bit funny to complain that a long-term study of 1500 people for five years is inadequate, and then go on to present an anecdote about 5 women, who THINK they know the cause of some long-term effects (which you do not specify) and think that this is significant?

    • mkap10

      Unfortunately, Dr. Harper doesn’t provide a useful reference for that claim- the link is only to the American Neurological Association. The Huffington Post, the home Dr. Joseph Mercola and Jenny McCarthy is, in general, one of the worst sources of information on health and science on the web (next to “Foodbabe”). Do you have a link going to the actual claim by the neurologists (which presumably includes some evidence beyond a single anecdote)? If so, this would be worth looking at.

    • mkap10

      What’s really funny is that you think that reading blogs like “food babe” and Huffington post constitutes research. And you’re complaining about people “copying and pasting off the internet”? Isn’t that what you are saying YOU do?

    • mkap10

      You’re getting funnier and funnier, Beck. After complaining about the tone of some of your critics as being uncivil and unconstructive, you come out with this highly mature and well-reasoned statement:

      “You also seem to lack interpersonal skills which has probably made it pretty difficult to be you. You obviously do or did work at a pharmaceutical company in some aspect. I honestly feel very sorry for you. You are narrowminded and it seems that you suffer from classism and are probably somewhat racist or bigoted to boot.”

      Hilarious. On what grounds do you come out with “classism” and “probably somewhat racist or bigoted to boot”? Should we take this utterly baseless charge as typical of your approach to actually having evidence for the things you say?

    • mkap10

      Again, complaining about insults is rather rich after your previous post, and “classist and probably somewhat racist or bigoted to boot”

    • Dawn May

      I am just now reading this thread because a person I know posted a warning perpetuating the hoax of Gardasil being dangerous and I wanted to see what all the fuss was about. I wish I had been given the vaccine before I married. I was inexperienced and thought my husband was also. Big mistake. Genital warts and numerous abnormal pap tests suck. However, I am replying specifically to you, Beck Comly, to ask you a pertinent question. You seem so obsessed with whether or not a person is working for or has ever worked for a pharmaceutical company. Makes me wonder… Are you a Scientologist?

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