That’s what some anti-vaccine websites are saying…
About Those HPV Vaccine Trials in Infants…
So is this just more anti-vaccine propaganda?
Of course it is.
And like most anti-vaccine propaganda, there isn’t even a teeny tiny kernel of truth in their statements about Gardasil being “pushed on infants.”
While there was a study about giving Gardasil to kids who have already had at least three relapses of respiratory papillomatosis caused by HPV 6 or 11, those kids had to be between 1 and 17 years old.
No infants (children under 12 months old) were ever in this study which was supposed to start in 2014 in Budapest, Hungary.
“Recurrent respiratory papillomatosis in children caused by HPV 6,11 can be a life threatening condition resulting in surgical interventions. The maturing and disintegrating papillomas are the sources for the subsequent HPV relapses and immunization might slow down or even prevent this ongoing process.
After an initial immunological and ear-nose-throat (ENT) assessment children with at least 3 relapses in their patient history will be vaccinated with 4-valent HPV vaccine according to the following schedule: 0., 2., 6. months. It will be followed by an immunological and 3 ENT examinations to assess response to vaccination.”
4-valent HPV Vaccine to Treat Recurrent Respiratory Papillomatosis in Children
Will Gardasil work for kids who already have recurrent respiratory papillomatosis, even though they got the HPV infection when they were born?
Hopefully it will.
“Any child presenting with a voice disturbance with or without stridor is recommended to have diagnostic flexible fiber-optic laryngoscopy. Recurrent respiratory papillomatosis should be considered in children when other common pediatric airway diseases either do not follow the natural history or do not respond to treatment of the common disorder.”
Zacharisen et al on Recurrent Respiratory Papillomatosis in Children: Masquerader of Common Respiratory Diseases
But there is already good news about Gardasil and recurrent respiratory papillomatosis.
The widespread use of the Gardasil in teens and adults is already decreasing the number of kids being diagnosed with recurrent respiratory papillomatosis!
That makes sense, because if their mom doesn’t have an HPV infection when they are born, the infection can’t be passed on to them, later causing recurrent respiratory papillomatosis.
That’s another benefit of getting vaccinated!
What to Know About Those HPV Vaccine Trials in Infants
The idea that the HPV vaccines are now being tested on infants is just another example of anti-vaccine propaganda. They are using a clinical trial of children and teens with recurrent respiratory papillomatosis to scare you away from vaccinating and protecting your children.
More on Those HPV Vaccine Trials in Infants
- Recurrent Respiratory Papillomatosis or Laryngeal Papillomatosis
- RRP Foundation
- 4-valent HPV Vaccine to Treat Recurrent Respiratory Papillomatosis in Children
- Is Merck Testing the HPV Vaccine on Babies?
- Study shows that HPV vaccine also prevents recurrent respiratory papillomatosis in children
- RRP in Children – from Mother to Child
- HPV and Cancer
- Study – A Prospective Study of the Incidence of Juvenile-Onset Recurrent Respiratory Papillomatosis After Implementation of a National HPV Vaccination Program
- Study – Risk Factors for Aggressive Recurrent Respiratory Papillomatosis in Adults and Juveniles
- Study – Recurrent Respiratory Papillomatosis in Children: Masquerader of Common Respiratory Diseases
- Study – Recurrent Respiratory Papillomatosis: HPV Genotypes and Risk of High-Grade Laryngeal Neoplasia