7.07.2008

Gardasil


Gardasil is getting some bad publicity..
Gardasil has been the subject of 7,802 "adverse event" reports from the time the Food and Drug Administration approved its use two years ago, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Girls and women have blamed the vaccine for causing ailments from nausea to paralysis -- even death. Fifteen deaths were reported to the FDA, and 10 were confirmed, but the CDC says none of the 10 were linked to the vaccine. The CDC says it continues to study the reports of illness....

Two girls allege in court that the vaccine made them sick.

One -- Jesalee Parsons of Broken Bow, Oklahoma -- got the shot at age 13.

Jesalee's lawyer, Michael McLaren, said she got the shot on February 27, 2007 and soon developed a fever and felt pain. The next day, he said, Jesalee felt pain in her chest and abdomen.

Her mother, Laura Parsons, said Jesalee spent weeks in the hospital and underwent two surgeries after developing pancreatitis. She says the federal government should have studied the drug more before approving its use.

"I just feel let down by the government," Parsons said.

Merck says it could be a coincidence that the girls got sick after receiving the vaccine.

Their patient information pdf risks include:
  • pain, swelling, itching, and redness at the injection site.
  • fever.
  • nausea.
  • dizziness.
  • vomiting.
  • fainting.
  • Fainting can occur after vaccination, most commonly among adolescents and young adults. Although fainting episodes are uncommon, patients should be observed for 15 minutes after they receive HPV vaccine.
  • Allergic reactions that may include difficulty breathing, wheezing (bronchospasm), hives, and rash havebeen reported. Some of these reactions have been severe.
  • Additional side effects reported include swollen glands (neck, armpit, or groin), Guillain-BarrĂ© syndrome (which can cause death by cardiac arrhythmia), headache, joint pain, aching muscles, unusual tiredness or weakness, and generally feeling unwell.
Merck (the manufacturer of Gardasil) attests, though, that their vaccine is not to blame for these illnesses, including 10 deaths that occurred shortly after the vaccine was administered.

Hmmm... even though one of the risks that we know about can lead to death? Even though one doctor who worked as a researcher during the HPV clinical trials , stated "We don’t know yet what’s going to happen when millions of doses of the vaccine have been given and to put in place a process that says you must have this vaccine, it means you must be part of a big public experiment. So we can’t do that until we have more data" (as reported in this article)?

And the reports keep coming...

And the numbers keep rising...

More news shows medical professionals backpedaling just as fast. Can you spot the incongruency in this statement?
"The immediate risks are minimal. The FDA looked at those. We have not seen any major catastrophes," says Dr. Benrubi." (emphasis mine, in case you didn't catch the problem herein).
This is a frightening table taken from another bloggers site.

And here is one more girl's story.. along with a nice tidbit about how Michigan requires it of girls entering middle school and Texas will soon be following suite. Virginia is already there as well, with 24 other states rallying to show the almighty pharmaceutical company their support.

The Almighty Merck - though - has over-marketed, under-tested, and grossly over-touted their success.

If you want to get up close and personal to one such gal whose rapid decline toward total paralysis coincide STRONGLY with her last Gardasil shot, visit Jenny's family here, and spread the news.

I stand by my earlier post... and now with more reason than ever.

9 comments:

kris said...

why am i not surprised??

jenny mae. said...

i seethe every time i see their "one less" campaign ads. yes, my daughter and i will be one less.

one less sucker getting your shot

Shelly said...

I get so angry when I see their ad and then read about all the lives that the vaccine has ruined.

Profits over people, right?

Thanks for all the info.

Jenn said...

of my group of 6 friends when we were teenagers 5 out of the group ended up with HPV, I agree something needs to be done. The young girls are more concerned about pregnancy then STD's and we need to do something... Gardasil is clearly not the answer, nor is planned parenthood... we need a solution soon though, before my daughter is grown...

Nicole D said...

oops, I accidently erased an anon post from someone calling us ignorant for being concerned about these numbers... and stating that just because these things happened around the same time as the vax, it doesn't mean it happened FROM the vax.

I am not saying it IS because of the vax, but the evidence weighs heavily in that favor.

My issue is not that there IS a vaccine, but that the vaccine is TOO QUESTIONABLE to push so hard to have all girls vaxed with it. Lets talk about the interesting coincidence of the girls who are becoming paralyzed shortly after the shot... what are the odds that would happen in life? Pretty minute. Now, figure in the only thing these gals have in common was the Gardasil vax... makes it interesting.

What about these YOUNG GIRLS dying from major organ failure. Not so common for gals of adolescent years. Put into the mix the only thing they have in common is the vax... again, too much of a coincidence for me to ignore.

I would love for there to be a SAFE cure for cervical cancer. I would love for there to be a SAFE cure for most ailments... but so far the evidence doesn't support that we have found it.

Please, anon, feel free to resubmit the comment and I will publish. But why hide? Use your name.

Anonymous said...

"I would love for there to be a SAFE cure for cervical cancer."

Cervical cancer kills 5,000 women in the U.S. every year. It kills 300,000 women around the world every year.

Deaths. Permanent. That's it!

For you to be asking for a 100% SAFE cure is rediculous. I hate to break it to you but nothing is 100% (figure in that 1 out of 100 Americans die fromauto accidents in their life time).

So, approx 8,000 "adverse events" (ranging from a death to soreness at the injection site) out of 8 million doses (0.1%) vs. a death rate where 53% of women diagnosed world-wide die.

Maybe you could explain why you are so worried about an extremely small possibility of an adverse event vs. a good chance you will die from cancer. Seems like a "no brainer" to me, but perhaps that is the problem to begin with.

Nicole D said...

Hi anon - thanks for reposting. Again, sorry for the erasing mistake.

OK - first you have to figure in that there are 3 doses in a treatment. So - it is not "(0.1%)" because you are figuring in PEOPLE, not DOSES.... so you have re-figure that number.

Factor in this as well:
- the CDC still says that routine well-woman cervical checks are the best defense against cervical cancer...
- HPV only accounts for 70% of cervical cancer rates
- Gardasil only 'safeguards' against 2 of the forms of HPV that 'can' develop into cancer if not treated
- figuring in world-wide death rates is skewed as that figures in women who have no access to cancer treatment and life-saving surgeries.
- It doesn't kill 5,000 women in the U.S., the numbers are 3,700 (and that includes the 11% who don't go to routine paps that HAVE insurance - which does not account for the other 1/2 of the population without insurance who don't get their yearlies)

If you are going to debate something, make sure you know your information is accurate and make doubly sure that you are not catching a bad strain of foot-in-mouth.

Did you know that I had cancerous cells removed from my cervix? So I am not daft to the risks - at the same time, I am not a sheeple who has not done their research but simply regurgitated what they have heard touted from the 'other side'. The gals who are paralyzed - may never have gotten HPV, let alone cancer. The girls who died - may never have gotten HPV, let alone gotten cancer. The girls who had major organ failure - may never have gotten HPV, let alone cancer.

To me, it's a 'no-brainer': if we don't make a stink about the *few 8,000 girls* who got sick and *10 that died* to force such an uproar that they reevaluate this vaccine and MAKE IT SAFER - it will remain on the market as risky as it is. But maybe that is the problem here... ;o)

Really... that may be ok with you, but not me, I don't want them to be ok with it being this risky. I want them to pull it and make it safer before requiring it of families.

Question - what if it is *your* daughter who gets paralyzed, has kidney failure, or dies from a shot? It would be important to you then maybe?

Or would you still be of the mindset that it was worth the demise of a few for the better of the many... wow, saying it like that makes it sound a little Marxist, doesn't it?

slh35661 said...

As you are aware from my blog, I have started reading up on Gardasil. I have decided this is not a vaccine I want to push. If someone asks for it I will gladly give it to them, but only after counseling them on the facts as we know them today. I think we are experimenting on our young girls. My daughter opted to take this before talking with me, and luckily has had no problems. But when we are seeing these serious problems arise with the vaccine I don't think I would tell my daughter now to take it. Thanks for this post of yours.

Adventures In Babywearing said...

It all just makes me so sad- these girls really being guinea pigs right now. How can ANYONE think this is ok?

Steph

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