"Social media is awash with stories of parents who believe incorrectly that the HPV (human papillomavirus) vaccine has harmed their daughters," writes Kat Lay in today's Times newspaper. How would she know? I ask again, how would she know? Has she personally examined or witnessed the examination of any one of the thousands of girls in Ireland and around the world, who came down with severely debilitating conditions and chronic illnesses after receiving Gardasil? No she hasn't. So what she has written amounts to nothing more than a propaganda piece, certainly it is a disgrace to journalism. Does Kat Lay provide any evidence at all to support her contention that the families of these girls are wrong? 

Well she does quote Helen Bedford, a professor of child public health at University College London. Bedford told her that there is no scientific evidence linking the vaccine with the illnesses reported by the girls. She said; “That is the thing — it is scientific evidence. It is difficult to counter these heartfelt, emotional stories with cold hard science.” This line is supposed to impress upon the Times readers, that there is peer reviewed evidence in circulation, that proves there is no causal link between Gardasil and chronic illness. There isn't. Let me say that again, there is no scientific evidence that proves that the girls and their families are wrong. This is truly rotten journalism.

Let me sum it up. Thousands and thousands of girls (think about that) in Ireland, Denmark, Spain, Japan and elsewhere, have reported a severely negative reaction to the HPV vaccine Gardasil. Their stories are identical. They describe chronic fatigue, chronic pain and all manner of debilitating conditions, the common denominator being that the problems began soon after they were vaccinated. I imagine they thought that by going public, they would be listened to and that an inquiry would have been ordered at the speed of light. Not at all. From day one they were ridiculed and humiliated. They were told that they were all imagining it! Call Ripley's believe It Or Not! What a story! Girls from all over Ireland and those other countries began imagining their chronic illnesses at the same time. I'm not exaggerating. This is what they said from day one.

And if that wasn't bad enough, the girls and their families, and here I speak about Ireland specifically, have been subjected to the most disgusting bullying, harassment and defamation that I have witnessed as a journalist. David Robert Grimes, an Oxford physicist and real hero folks, has called the mothers of these children "child abusers." What a big man eh? What a show of empathy. The parents are at their wits end, their children are desperately sick, nobody will give them answers and he calls them child abusers. Not to be outdone, Tony O'Brien (pictured), the CEO of Ireland's Health Service Executive (HSE) called the parents "emotional terrorists" and he's still in a job! Why not order a full public inquiry? Order an inquiry right?

And that's the real story here. If Kat Lay had a journalistic bone in her body she would be asking that question, instead of printing laughable garbage like her piece in The Times today. There is a huge story here. Why are thousands (maybe tens of thousands) of girls going down with the same problems after receiving HPV Vaccine Gardasil? Why has the Irish government not ordered an inquiry? Who is really behind the vicious trolling campaign that has seen the girls themselves bullied unmercifully on social media? Who benefits? Who stands to lose if there is an inquiry, an objective one that is, one that shows that Gardasil is harming children? Pharma giant Merck manufactures Gardasil. Look at the list of possible side effects, straight from the horses mouth;

The most common side effects include pain, swelling, redness, itching, bruising, bleeding, and a lump where your child got the shot, headache, fever, nausea, dizziness, tiredness, diarrhoea, abdominal pain, and sore throat. Fainting can happen after getting GARDASIL 9. Sometimes people who faint can fall and hurt themselves

But for the Irish and UK media, there is nothing to see here. Is investigative journalism dead? It certainly is in the mainstream. Rather than asking the simple questions I have outlined above, The Times instead chooses to blame the families of the sick children for the drop in vaccine uptake and accuse them of risking lives. What a shame.


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