Some of the research to support a shift to two-dose vaccination was done by scientists in three provinces.
Girls can be vaccinated with two doses of HPV vaccine to protect against cervical cancer instead of three, the World Health Organization now advises, based in part on Canadian research.
Cervical cancer is one of the world’s deadliest and easily preventable forms of cancer in women.
On Wednesday, the UN public health agency released new guidelines on cervical cancer control at the World Cancer Leaders’ Summit in Melbourne, Australia.
The three main new recommendations are:
- Reduce the dose of HPV vaccinations for girls from three doses to two to prevent infection with the human papillomavirus that causes most cases of cervical cancer.
- Use HPV tests to screen women for cervical cancer prevention.
- Promote communication with women of all ages instead of focusing on women aged over 29.
Some of the research to support a shift to two-dose vaccination was done by scientists in British Columbia, Quebec and Halifax and published last year. It suggested that two doses in pre-adolescent girls works as well as three doses in girls in their later teens and early 20s.
Since then, Quebec scaled back the number of shots it offers to girls.
The WHO suggested a range of options for cervical cancer screening depending on laboratory resources and ability to pay.
The screening options include:
- Pap smears.
- HPV DNA screening, which takes a sample of mucous from the cervix to check for the presence of HPV, including if it is a high-risk strain. Unlike the Pap smear, the HPV test can detect the virus before precancerous cells appear.
- Visual inspection with acetic acid, also known as VIA.
In B.C, a clinical trial of about 25,000 women is expected to be completed late next year and could shed light on the potential advantages and disadvantages of switching to HPV DNA screening.
Cervical cancer kills more than 270,000 women globally each year, 85 per cent of them in developing countries, the WHO says. The Canadian Cancer Society estimates that this year 1,450 women in this country will receive a diagnosis of cervical cancer and 380 will die.
Research suggests that since the introduction of regular Pap smears in the 60s, Canada’s new cases of invasive cervical cancer and deaths have plummeted from to 2.2 per 100,000 women each year from a peak of 13.5 per 100,000, an 83 per cent drop.
The Health-Care Survivor’s Comment
When I first saw this headline, I was reminded of a related story about this study from almost a year ago (Giving HPV Vaccine In 2 Doses Instead Of 3 Explored). As I did then, I wondered if this would be a story recommending that HPV vaccines should not be so widely used, or pointing out their inherent danger, or at the very least, acknowledging the controversy, which surrounds them.
Sadly, though not surprisingly, this is, despite its headline, not really a story about reducing vaccination at all. Instead, the suggestion is that girls should be exposed to the toxic assault of vaccination at an even earlier age than is currently recommended. Veiling the new advice, with a seemingly positive headline, about a reduced number of doses, does nothing to disguise the toxic impact of the vaccines, or to address the very real safety concerns of people, including a growing number of medical professionals, worldwide.
Many of you will remember this starkly clear statement by Dr Suzanne Humphries, a practising nephrologist (kidney physician) who says the vaccine industry is not giving people both sides of the story, and parents need to get informed before subjecting their children to vaccines that can potentially cause serious harm or even death.
My current opinion about vaccinations is that they have never been safe. Never has there been a safe vaccine, never will there be a safe vaccine and it is not possible to have a safe vaccine. The reasoning for that is that the actual process of vaccination defies the natural function of the immune system of living beings.
Dr Suzanne Humphries
Former pharmaceutical representative, Gwen Olsen, the author of, Confessions Of An RX Drug Pusher, who is known for her willingness to fight for the protection of people, and particularly of children, who is respected around the world. makes the point more forcefully, by speaking of pharmaceutical products of all kinds, Gwen states that:
There is no such thing as a safe drug.