Merck & Co.’s HPV (human papillomaviruses) vaccine, Gardasil, may prove to be more risky than beneficial. Merck touts the vaccine as an effective preventative of cervical cancer. According to clinical studies, Gardasil has not been proven to reduce the incidences of cervical cancer. It has been shown, however, to be associated with numerous adverse reactions including: fainting, dizziness, nausea, blood clots, severe allergic reactions, Guillan-Barré Syndrome (paralysis), autoimmune disorders including rheumatoid arthritis, and death.
Since the vaccine’s approval by the FDA in June of 2006, more than 16,000 adverse event reports have been filed with the Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System, operated jointly by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and Centers for Disease Control (CDC). More than 6% of these reports were considered serious, including 43 deaths. In fact, one of the leading researchers on the vaccine warned that the rate of serious adverse events associated with Gardasil is greater than the incidence rate of cervical cancer.
Gardasil has been shown effective against four strands of HPV but offers no protection against the remainder of the more than 40 strands of HPV that are linked to cervical cancer and genital warts. Furthermore, for these four strands, the vaccine has only been proven effective for five to seven years. This means that if a young girl is vaccinated at age 11 or 12 – the age recommended by the CDC – by the time she is 17 or 18 years old, she may no longer be protected. The vaccine contains no warning about this potential “wearing off” so girls may enter their college years with a false sense of security that they are protected from HPV in general and cervical cancer specifically when in fact they may not be.
Two lawsuits have been filed on behalf of two girls who were injured after being vaccinated with Gardasil. In one case, a 15-year-old girl began vomiting on the day she received the shot and then developed pancreatitis. In the other, a 14-year-old girl contracted Guillan-Barré Syndrome one week after receiving her second dose of Gardasil. She became paralyzed in her lower arms and legs and had to learn to walk all over again. Attorneys anticipate that more lawsuits will be filed on behalf of the other girls who have suffered similar injuries. For all those considering encouraging their daughters or granddaughters to be vaccinated with Gardasil, extreme caution should be used. If you need more information on Gardasil, contact Leigh O’Dell in our firm at 800-898-2034 or by email at Leigh.firstname.lastname@example.org.
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