• CDC’s Eerie Promotion?

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    Huge companies are on a race; competing for their place in the world of media advertisement, people are keen enough about what they see on TV or what they hear over the radio. They pay more attention to the names or brands of food, clothing, vehicle or even medicines and prefer them compare to those products that are unheard of or unpopular.

    CDC has come up with an advertisement called “Close the Door to Cancer” on you-tube recommending all children from 11 to 12 years old to be vaccinated with a vaccine related to HPV or Human Papillomavirus which they claim can cause cancer. They also have claims that that said virus is very common to both boys and girls at least from the organization’s point of view per see. But if you would try to look at the statistic they themselves created –it will show how unlikely for this particular virus to thrive and be labelled as “common” contrary to what the organization claimed to be.

    What's more, the statistics actually show that an incredibly small amount of people are affected to warrant such a drastic vaccination campaign. According to the claims in the CDC video 14 million Americans get HPV, or about 4.5 percent of the entire population.

    Of those 14 million, 26 thousand may get an “HPV-related” cancer. So, quick math, that's only about .185 percent of the HPV population, or .008 percent of the overall population.

    How can they even claim HPV causes “related” cancers when less than 0.2 percent get them? Who knew fraction of a percent is scientific grounds for causation? Additionally, why should everyone take an experimental vaccine when only .008 percent of the entire population may get a related cancer?

    Though critics have questioned the manner of how the advertisement came out to be –they did a good job of informing the public about the number of people associated with the virus and establish awareness concerning the issue. However: Companies should avoid “exaggeration” on their products specially when it comes to medicine or how a particular organization explain a statistics base on what is on the list rather than -create a stir to the consumer and scare them towards buying the products. Such strategy might be effective but not always helpful. The consumer would rather hear the good effects and side effects of the product and be well informed about it.

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