A video claiming the HPV vaccine Gardasil that protects against cervical cancer is deadly is circulating on Facebook, but experts warn you shouldn't trust it.
Gardasil is designed to immunise young girls against the potentially life threatening strands of HPV (Human Papillomavirus), that are known to cause roughly 70% of cervical cancer cases.
But a new video by Jenny Thompson of the Health Sciences Institute claims that women are dying after getting the vaccine.
Even though there are side-effects associated with the vaccine (which you can read on the NHS website here), critics claim the video is scaring women and twisting data to suit a moral agenda.
Naturally the internet has been flooded with concerns, but Snoop.com (a website that gets to the bottom of viral rumours) has given this explanation as to why it's all false...
"The message quoted above warns that the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) has already received nearly 12,000 complaints about adverse medical issues related to Gardasil vaccinations, and that 32 young women died after receiving Gardasil vaccinations. Although this information is accurate in a strictly literal sense, it is a misleading presentation of raw data that does not in itself establish a causal connection between Gardasil and the posited medical dangers."
Others claim that the video has been created to suit a moral agenda and support the claim that girls who get the vaccine won't use protection and will become promiscuous...
"Note that this video deals primarily with subjects such as the political and moral issues involved with requiring HPV vaccinations for young girls, the notion that vaccinated girls might mistakenly believe they had been immunized against contracting sexually transmitted diseases (other than HPV), and the claim that cervical cancer deaths can be effectively eliminated through means other than HPV vaccinations."
Read the full explanation about Gardasil here or check out the facts on the NHS website.
What are your thoughts on this kind of vaccination scare-mongering?
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