Letters to the Editor

Robert Shannon: Bee wrong, there are real concerns over HPV vaccine

Re: “Don’t let politics obscure the benefits of HPV Vaccine” (Our View, Feb. 24): Your editorial ended with the statement that “all fears are baseless” when it comes to our youth being inoculated with the HVP vaccine. Since when have you become scientists and doctors? Why is the American College of Pediatricians now concerned with the HPV vaccine, which was never tested in humans before it was introduced to our children. So now children are the guinea pigs?

There is much concern over the number of deaths attributed to the vaccine and the side effects of teenage menopause. Is this another big pharma scam? Shouldn’t abstinence be taught, or the use of prophylactics. Do not subject children to unknown chemicals for the sake of convenience.

Johnson & Johnson has just been slammed with a $72 million judgement just over baby talcum power causing cervical cancer, and you want to trust big pharma with an untested vaccine for our children? Shame.

Robert Shannon, Modesto

Editor’s note: The 75-year-old American Academy of Pediatrics, which represents 60,000 pediatricians, does not concur with the view of the newer American College of Pediatricians, which has 13 member physicians.