HPV Vaccine Discussion of Deaths and Inefficacy Cost Katie Couric

HPV Vaccine Discussion of Deaths and Inefficacy Cost Katie Couric

“As for efficacy, more than 100 strains of HPV exist, 30 of them are associated with cervical cancer, and the vaccines (Gardasil and Cervarix) target just two types — numbers 16 and 18,” writes Maressa Brown for The Stir. “[B]ecause slow-growing cervical cancer takes ages to develop, any vaccine would need to be 100 percent effective for at least 15 years to truly prevent the disease,” she adds, noting that Gardasil admittedly loses its efficacy after just five years.

Add to this the nearly 150 deaths and more than 32,000 adverse events associated with Gardasil, and it becomes clear that Couric made the responsible choice to warn her viewers about the potential dangers associated with the vaccine. But she rustled a lot of feathers in the process, which sadly could spell the end of her career in mainstream journalism.

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