Here is a story I found while online at Judcial Watch, a government watchdog group which attempts to keep businesses and the government in check.
Gardasil, the first vaccine of a possible 2 vaccine series, is a 3 series shot designed to protect women from HPV (Human Papilloma Virus), a sexually transmitted virus associated with cervical cancer. As of October 2007, 11 deaths have been attributed to the shot and another 3461 complications associated with it. This vaccine was designed to help prevent cervical cancer, which kills about 5,000 women a year. Merck is the same manufacturer who marketed Vioxx, the arthritis drug found to increase risk of heart attacks.
Gardasil has become controversial in that several states, including Texas, have tried to make the shot mandatory for all young women. This has become a hot topic in many circles since no shots are “mandatory” but only recommended. All school districts have an “opt out” form that parents can fill out if they desire not to have certain vaccines given due to religious/personal reasons.
Judicial Watch Uncovers New FDA Records Detailing Deaths in 1,824 Adverse Reaction Reports Related to HPV Vaccine
(Washington, DC) — Judicial Watch, the public interest group that investigates and prosecutes government corruption, today released new documents obtained from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) under the provisions of the Freedom of Information Act, detailing 1,824 reports of adverse reactions to the vaccination for human papillomavirus (HPV), Gardasil, including as many as eight deaths related to the vaccine. Judicial Watch had previously obtained 1,637 reports relating to Gardasil on May 15, 2007, bringing the known total to 3,461 adverse reactions including eleven deaths since FDA approval. Among the new information uncovered by Judicial Watch:
- “20-Jun-2007: Information has been received – concerning a 17 year old female who in June 2007 – was vaccinated with a first dose of Gardasil. During the evening of the same day, the patient was found unconscious (lifeless) by the mother. Resuscitation was performed by the emergency physician but was unsuccessful. The patient subsequently died.”
- “12-Jun-2007: Information has been received – concerning a 12 year old female with a history of aortic and mitral valve insufficiency – who on 01-MAR-2007 was vaccinated IM into the left arm with a first does of Gardasil. On 01-MAR-2007 the patient presented to the ED with ventricular tachycardia and died.”
- “28-Aug-2007: Initial and follow-up information has been received from a physician concerning an “otherwise healthy” 13 year old female who was vaccinated with her first and second doses of Gardasil. Subsequently, the patient experienced paralysis from the chest down, lesions of the optic nerve. At the time of the report, the patient had not recovered.”
From May 10 to September 7, 2007, the 1,824 adverse vaccination reactions reported to the FDA via the Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System (VAERS) included 347 serious reactions. Of the 77 women who received the vaccine while pregnant, 33 experienced side effects ranging from spontaneous abortion to fetal abnormities. Other serious side effects continue to be reported including, paralysis, Bells Palsy, Guillain-Barre Syndrome, and seizures.
“In light of this information, it is disturbing that state and local governments might mandate in any way this vaccine for young girls,” said Judicial Watch President Tom Fitton. “These adverse reaction reports suggest the vaccine not only causes serious side effects, but might even be fatal.”
Judicial Watch filed its request on August 20, 2007, and received the adverse event reports from the FDA on September, 13 2007. (On October 3, 2007, Judicial Watch filed a new lawsuit against the FDA for its failure to fully respond to Judicial Watch’s FOIA request as required by law.)