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U.S. Taxpayer Funded Initiative Trains Dentists to Push HPV Vaccine

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In recent years, government health agencies, cancer societies, as well as the American Dental Association (ADA), have attempted to recruit dentists to advocate for patients to get the human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine to prevent oral cancers. An HPV Vaccine Roundtable initiative, funded largely by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), advises dentists to “know their unique role” and “capitalize on adolescent patient visits” to “strongly and clearly” promote HPV vaccination to all eligible patients.

Last month, the taxpayer-funded National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research (NIDCR) awarded over $685,000 to the Health Partners Institute to research and test strategies to persuade dentists to advocate for the HPV vaccine for patients ages 11 to 26.1

No Randomized Clinical Trials to Prove Effectiveness of HPV Vaccine in Preventing Oral Cancers

The justification for this push comes partially from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), which added the prevention of oropharyngeal cancer to the list of indications for the HPV vaccine in June 2020, despite a lack of scientific evidence.1 2 Research published in the Journal of the American Medical Association looking at rates of HPV in vaccinated and unvaccinated individuals from 2009 to 2016 concluded that, “Prevention of oral HPV infections and oropharyngeal cancers is not a vaccine indication because of lack of randomized trials.”2

The initiative is likely also part of the American Cancer Society’s (ACS) aggressive goal to achieve an 80 percent HPV vaccine uptake rate among children by 2026.3

In 2018, the ADA adopted a policy urging dentists to support and promote the administration of the HPV vaccine.4 Last year, the association approved a new insurance billing code for oral health providers to also administer the vaccine.5

Dentists Reluctant to Market HPV Vaccine, Government Officials Want to Convince Them to Change Their Minds

However, dentists remain largely reluctant to recommend or administer the HPV vaccine to patients. Researchers have found a general lack of knowledge about HPV vaccine among oral health care professionals, as well as general “discomfort in initiating a sensitive conversation about HPV.”4

The $685,000 federal funding initiative aims to change the reluctance among dentists to recommend and give the HPV vaccine to patients.

The taxpayer-funded money will be used to experiment with training dental providers to become more confident in their knowledge and deliver scripted messages about why patients should get the HPV vaccine. HealthPartners, the agency being paid to run the trial, will start the HPV vaccine marketing initiative in 21 dental clinics, with the goal of successfully implementing behavior modification among dentists.

According to to Children’s Health Defense (CHD), who acquired the documentation, the grant is one of nearly 50 total grants that combined, total more than $40 million awarded by the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to increase HPV vaccine uptake. Funding was provided to universities, healthcare systems, and public health departments.1

Gardasil Vaccine Controversial Since It Was Fast Tracked to Licensure in 2006

HPV is the most commonly transmitted sexually transmitted infection in the United States. The HPV vaccine known as Gardasil is manufactured by Merck and is recommended to begin by age 11 or 12, but children as young as nine years old can get the shots according to the CDC.6

Most sexually active people will get the HPV infection at some point in their lives. In most cases, the body clears the virus on its own with no complications, although a small minority can go on to have a chronic HPV infection that, after many years, can lead to cancer.3

Gardasil was the first “fast tracked” vaccine, and it has been controversial since it was licensed by the FDA in 2006. From the outset, there were concerns about the fast-tracked designation and reported clinical trial data that was selectively chosen to increase the appearance of positive results. For example, the FDA allowed Merck to use an aluminum-containing placebo as a control, even though an aluminum adjuvant is an ingredient in the vaccine.

Reports of serious complications following Gardasil shots were reported throughout the world shortly after its licensure in 2006 and continue.3

More Parents Rejecting HPV Vaccine for Their Children

More and more parents are rejecting the HPV vaccine for their children and teens, according to the June 2023 edition of the Pediatrics journal. Researchers found that the number of parents citing “safety or side effects” as a reason to decline uptake increased by 15.6 percent from 2010 to 2018.

Other cited concerns with lack of necessity, lack of recommendation, lack of knowledge, or that their children were not sexually active.7


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Click here to view References:

1 Baletti B. Exclusive: taxpayer-funded initiative urges dentists to push HPV vaccines. Children’s Health Defense Nov. 2, 2023.
2 Chaturvedi A. Prevalence of oral HPV infection in unvaccinated men and women in the United States, 2009-2016. JAMA Network Sept. 10, 2019.
3 Raines K, Fisher BL. Mass HPV vaccination plan for the U.S. The Vaccine Reaction Nov. 14, 2018.
4 Versaci M. JADA examines barriers to HPV-related discussions in dental settings. ADA News Jan. 4, 2023.
5 NC Oral Health Collaborative. One step closer to oral health care provider-administered HPV vaccines. Oral Health NC Apr. 29, 2022.
6 U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Genital HPV infection- basic fact sheet.  Apr. 12, 2022.
7 Baker A. More U.S. parents reject HPV vaccine over safety concerns. The Vaccine Reaction June 5, 2023.

11 Responses

  1. Any dentist that either took this on as part of their business model or even suggested it, would lose my business. I wouldn’t even stay for an appointment if they housed vaccines, and I’d refuse to pay when I walked out.

  2. Ok. The Federal Gubmint takes our money (that’s money we don’t have, so they create it out of thin air, which will make the democrat inflation-fest even worse for us) to get dentists to push the HPV “vaccine” which doesn’t work and isn’t safe. They worry about CO2 that plant life needs to survive, but the same crazy nuts want to put aluminum in our blood streams. Go figure.
    Here’s a better idea. 1) Keep your kids away from democrats and RINOs, and they won’t pick up HPV in the first place. 2) Let the Federal Gubmint stick the vaccines where the sun doesn’t shine. If they get uppity about it, inform them that you are invoking your God given right to say no to them and their vaccines. That does not mean that they hand you a form for you to fill out to request an exemption from getting the vaccine. You are not requesting an exemption. You are telling them that you are invoking it. So, you don’t need their form, because you don’t need to request an exemption you already have.

  3. The only field that identifies viruses is virology.

    The particles identified by virologists as viruses have never been proven to be pathogenic contagions.

    The only impetus for vaccination is virology.

    Please see Dr.s Andrew Kaufman and Tom Cowan for more context.

  4. I’m surprised and appalled at how the U.S. GOVERNMENT has overstepped
    legitimate functions and is acting more like a Nazi state. Many usually compliant
    citizens are finally taking offense and will stand up to this abuse!
    Betty Pieper

  5. Government agency stole our taxes by funding the initiative we didn’t know about. It’s a criminal. I don’t agree with it. They ought to read the Bill of Rights. Let’s push back to those who promote HPV vaccine. If dentists continue to push on HPV vaccine, just leave and walk away. Find a different dentist.

  6. Policy for sale. There is also another similar event where massive funds are being channeled to reduce vaccine hesitancy by paying hair stylists in conservative regions to promote vaccination. Yeah, because when I need a cavity filling or a haircut, why not toss on a vaccine there as well. Surely they’re well equipped to handle adverse reactions.

    People are not taking those vaccines because the jig is up, the truth is out, and we know damned well we’ve been lied to this entire time about the dangers of the vaccine programs. The entire vaccine industry is one big joke and money making scheme.

    For real, I’m still arguing with my dentist and staff well over thirty years later why I do not use flouridated products for toothpaste, mouth wash, or even dental floss picks. They are just mind controlled from false data promoted in medical journals, just like the rest of them.

    Pepsi challenge to talk to your dentist about the forms of fluoride and challenge them to answer questions if what they are using is naturally occurring, or otherwise would be considered toxic waste and a by product of industrial manufacturing. Bonus points if you can get them to understand how organic coconut oil is stated to actually heal and repair enamel. When it comes to daily brushing we reach for Dr Bronners brand and Infowars super blue. What a transformation we went from routine cavities for over two decades to suddenly only having one in a blue moon. We did not change much and are still rather awful at daily brushing and flossing and such. But we did change our toothpaste brands and avoid fluoride, and now we spend far less time and money at the dentist.

    Those bozo policy makers and pharma people really don’t have a clue. They are just salesmen, scheming new ways to pawn their snake oil wares.

  7. The government and big pharma are poisoning people with these toxic injections. We need to all understand the law and our rights and say NO and we need to understand the tax laws better and stop funding organized crime..

  8. I read that naturally occurring flouride is calcium fluoride whereas artificial fluoride uses sodium and sometimes other elements. Naturally occurring fluoride concentrations vary greatly in the environment. In my area (Fullerton California) it’s about 0.4 parts per million.

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