Besides the frustrating antivax theme hurting people, I can't help but hope that this bit filters into the diagnostic trenches:

"Adolescent girls are the group most often affected by chronic fatigue syndrome"

It's enough of a problem with adults, but this is maybe also the demographic most likely to have such a cluster of "vague" symptoms dismissed as a psych problem, based on bias/laziness/shedloads of assumptions which are anything but evidence-based. This can also be extremely harmful.

Fairly gratuitous anecdote: I started having CFS-like symptoms at about that age, probably from (adult-diagnosed) celiac. Even the classic pattern of GI and nutrient malabsorption symptoms was put off on somatization/attention-seeking/etc.--with very poor insight and lack of wanting to get better, when symptoms did not improve--for better than a decade. (Hard to imagine that anybody would want the kind of attention chronic digestive problems will bring in many settings, but...) CBT and SSRIs are not effective treatments for celiac disease, no.

That approach will have just about the expected effects on a person's long-term health. And it is far too common with more complex-looking health problems, particularly among already marginalized groups.
#SenseAboutScience rebuts #antivax scare stories blaming #HPV vaccine for #CFS.

The stories appeared in the Daily Telegraph, the Daily Mail and the Metro, 15 November 2011.


'Raj Naik, Consultant Gynaecological Oncologist and Clinical Lead of the Northern Gynaecological Oncology Centre in Gateshead, UK, responds:

'"No, there is no evidence to suggest this and the article's claims are unsubstantiated. Adolescent girls are the group most often affected by chronic fatigue syndrome; adolescent girls are the group to whom the vaccine (Cervarix) is administered. The facts about the vaccine are widely available and well documented. The HPV vaccination programme in the UK is likely to save hundreds of women's lives each year, who would otherwise have died of cervical cancer. A study published in the British Journal of Cancer forecasts that if 80% of 12-13 year olds are vaccinated there will be a 63% reduction in invasive cancer."'
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