Friday, November 16, 2007

Gardasil: Worse Than We Knew

From HSI

Here’s a headline you probably won’t be seeing any time soon: Gardasil Is Dangerous.

Gardasil, the so-called “cervical cancer vaccine,” seems to be much more dangerous than we’ve been led to believe. The absence of headlines (at least in the U.S.) about the problems with this vaccine, coupled with very memorable commericals (you know, the O-N-E-L-E-S-S ads) give a lot of people a false sense of security. And encourage a lot of women to vaccinate their daughters with this possibly deadly vaccine.

Yes, deadly. According to VAERS reports dragged from the FDA by Judicial Watch (a public interest group), the deaths of eight more girls have been reported to VAERS as possibly (my legal dept. made me include that qualfiier) connected to the Gardasil vaccine (click here to read the actual reports).

On top of that, thirty-three pregnant women (out of only 77 vaccinated pregnant women) suffered horrific ordeals, from fetal abnormalities to spontaneous abortion (they lost their babies). Those details come from the latest 1,824 adverse reaction reports. Add those to the 1,637 adverse events we already knew about, and the total now sits at at least 3,461 reported bad reactions to the Gardasil vaccine.

So far, reported side effects (in addition to death and pregnancy traumas) include:
· paralysis
· Bells Palsy
· Guillain-Barre syndrome
· seizures

This news is disturbing, to say the least. But equally disturbing is that the FDA only released the information when they had to, weeks after Judicial Watch requested the documentation under the Freedom of Information Act. If the agency isn’t interested in warning us about potentially lethal harm to our children, what good are they? And why didn’t these very serious adverse events show up prominently in the news? The reports were filed with VAERS between May 10 and September 7, 2007. Imagine if a vitamin caused even one problem like these – you would have seen bold-type headlines all over the place the very next day.

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