Incredible. Michele Bachmann's incorrect and ignorant HPV vaccine comments have done damage regardless of how many medical professionals speak out to refute just how wrong she is.
Think of how many people who could be helped by the vaccine that might not be now because she decided to open her mouth on a subject she has no clue about. Think about it.
First, here's a bit about the comments Bachmann made:
Bachmann first raised the issue during a Republican presidential debate on Monday as a swipe at Republican rival and Texas Governor Rick Perry, who issued an executive order in 2007 mandating girls get the HPV vaccine as part of a school immunization requirement. The order was later overturned.
In that forum, she questioned the state's authority to force "innocent little 12-year-old girls" to have a "government injection" that was "potentially dangerous."
The following day, she told NBC's "Today" show the story of a woman from Tampa, Florida, who approached her after the debate and said her daughter became "mentally retarded" after getting the Gardasil vaccine made by Merck.
It's bizarre how someone can just say things that are flat-out wrong like this.
Here's what Dr. Kenneth Alexander, a pediatric infectious disease expert at the University of Chicago Medical Center, had to say:
"There are people out there who, because of this kind of misinformation, aren't going to get their daughter immunized. As a result, there will be more people who die from cervical cancer."
And here's the scary part of the effect her comments could have:
"We've got 12,000 women a year in this country getting cervical cancer. The vaccine could prevent about 70 percent of that."
The AAP says there is absolutely no scientific validity to Bachmann's statement that the HPV vaccine is potentially dangerous. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, only 32 percent of adolescent girls last year had gotten all three shots of the HPV vaccine.
"Since the vaccine has been introduced (in 2006), more than 35 million doses have been administered, and it has an excellent safety record."
Dr. Alexander Continued:
"What is especially disturbing is you've got organizations like the American Academy of Pediatrics, the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices, the American Academy of Family Physicians and the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists — every learned medical organization in the country and indeed around the world — in favor of immunization."
Honestly, we can NEVER let a candidate like Bachmann win. Time and time again we see her getting it all wrong and causing serious issues with the public. It's time to wise up and see her and what she says for what's really going on.
Despicable to make comments like those when SO MANY GIRLS can be helped, and lives saved. Just so despicable.
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