Gardasil was approved by the FDA in June 2006. The vaccine, manufactured by Merck, protects against sexually transmitted diseases caused by the human papillomavirus (HPV), which is responsible for 70% of cervical cancers. Following its approval, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) recommended that all girls between the ages of 11 and 12 receive the vaccine. Merck has undertaken an aggressive campaign to force parents to subject their daughters to the vaccine, and approximately 16 million doses have been administered.
Several states have even pushed for federal mandates to make Gardasil mandatory for young girls. In 2007, the Governor of Texas issued an executive order requiring all sixth-grade girls get the vaccine. Fortunately, that order was defeated by the Legislature.
Since its approval, there have been over 3,000 complaints of adverse reactions, including nausea, vomiting, fainting, seizures and blood clots. There have been some reports of death, but according to the CDC, they have not been investigated and don’t appear to be causally related. According to Merck, the most common complaint about the vaccine is pain at the injection site. Gardasil was put on the fast track and approved quickly by the FDA. The side effects should be studied thoroughly and should not be forced on anyone.
Source: Denton Record-Chronicle
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