The HPV Vaccine & Your Child

Our HPV leaflet can be downloaded here.
Leaflet references can be found here.
Our template letter to schools for HPV vaccine refusal can be found here. 

What is HPV?

The human papilloma viruses (HPVs) are a group of very common infections, of more than 100 different types. About 85%[1] of people will have an HPV infection at some point in their lives. The vast majority of infections are very mild and more than 90%[2] of those will be cleared by the body’s immune system without treatment.



Can HPV cause Cancer?

It’s actually unclear. Some researchers suspect lesions (a tissue abnormality) from ‘high risk’ HPV types can be a precursor to cancer. The majority of these lesions – even the most serious – will regress on their own. However, as pathologist Dr. Sin Hang Lee states: ‘…it is the persistent infection, NOT the virus that determines cervical cancer risk’,[3] implying a compromised immune system may be a more signficant risk factor.

Other studies have questioned if there is a connection between HPV and cancer at all, given the prevalence of the virus and the rarity of the cancers in question [4]



How common is cervical cancer?

In the UK, fewer than 1% of women will develop cervical cancer in their lifetime. With early diagnosis, the 5-year relative survival rate is 91%.[5]

Cervical cancer is very rare in the developed world. 85% of new cases worldwide are in the less developed world, largely due to a lack of cervical screening. [6]



What does the HPV vaccine do?

The current UK HPV vaccine is Gardasil 9. It is designed to prevent development of lesions that might cause cancer. It does not directly prevent cancer.

The HPV vaccine only targets a small percentage of HPV types.

Is the HPV vaccine effective at preventing cancer?

No HPV vaccines have ever been shown to prevent cancer. The trials of Gardasil (the current UK HPV vaccine) did NOT test whether it prevented cervical, anal or other cancers. The average age for a cervical cancer diagnoses is around 50[7], so such a trial would take decades, and because cervical and anal cancers are so rare, would involve hundreds of thousands of participants. Instead, Merck (Gardasil’s manufacturer) tested the vaccines against development of the ‘pre-cancerous’ lesions described above [8], and the duration of their efficacy is unknown. [9]




Is the HPV vaccine (Gardasil) safe?

For any medicine to be considered ‘safe’ the benefits of it must vastly outweigh any risks.

Whilst cervical cancer is very rare, Gardasil, on the other hand, has shown to have a particularly concerning safety record, with a wide range of adverse reactions reported.

Since its launch in the US  67,155 injuries (incl. 437 deaths) have been reported to the US Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System as of Sept 2023[10] (This is likely less than 1% of the total – the majority of vaccine injuries go unreported[11]).
The federal compensation program has to date paid out millions for HPV vaccine injuries and death.

According to the UK government, during the first nine years of the HPV vaccine, there were 8,835 reported reactions, and over 34% were “serious”.

In 2013, the Japanese government suspended its recommendation of Gardasil following nearly 2,000 reports of adverse reactions.[12]

In the trials of Gardasil and Gardasil 9 (used in the UK from 2021), the control groups were not given a true saline placebo. They were instead injected with other potentially toxic substances. This approach compromised the safety data.

According to Merck’s own data presented to the FDA, women exposed to HPV before being vaccinated were 44.6% MORE likely to develop ‘pre-cancerous’ lesions compared to the unvaccinated.[13]

In the September 2008, FDA Closing Statement on Gardasil it was noted that 73.3% of girls in the clinical trials developed “new medical conditions” post vaccination. 17 girls died during the clinical trials.[8]

On top of the large number of parents now speaking out, multiple studies show the development of autoimmune disorders linked to Gardasil, negative impacts on fertility – incluidng Premature Ovarian Failure (POF) – amongst other serious and life-altering conditions.[14]






Can the risk of cervical cancer be reduced without a vaccine?

Yes. Risk factors for development include: sexual intercourse early in life, multiple sexual partners, tobacco use, immune suppression [15].

Regular cervical screening screening over the age of 25 has had a far more significant effect on cervical cancer reduction than the negligable effects of HPV vaccination.[16]

Condom use will protect against sexually transmitted HPV and most other STDs.

A healthy life style and a robust immune system are your best guarantees against disease and illness, so we should do all we can to help our children take care of their general, natural health.



If you and your child decide the HPV vaccine is not the right thing, you need to make it clear to their school, in writing, that neither of you give consent for vaccination.

A guide letter to do that can be downloaded HERE.

Further reading and information.

‘The HPV Vaccine On Trial’ (Book)
Mary Holland, Kim Mack Rosenberg, Eileen Iorio

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