Study: Gardasil risks outweigh preventive benefits

CDC Director Gerberding Gives Green Light to G...

CDC Director Gerberding Gives Green Light to Gardasil then Goes to Work for Merck (g1a2d0049c1) (Photo credit: watchingfrogsboil)

On the Sept. 12, 2011, Republican presidential debate, Rep. Michele Bachmann called it a “potentially dangerous drug” and said it could lead to “mental retardation.” Bachmann’s first claim was true, the second was not.

Although mental retardation is not one of the possible side-effects listed by Lucija Tomljenovic and Christopher Shaw of the University of British Columbia’s Neural Dynamics Research Group, “death, convulsions, paraesthesia, paralysis, Guillain–Barre syndrome, transverse myelitis, facial palsy, chronic fatigue syndrome, anaphylaxis, autoimmune disorders, deep vein thrombosis, pulmonary embolisms and cervical cancers” are.

Gov. Rick Perry, whose executive order mandating Gardasil injections was later overturned by the Texas legislature, was attacked by social conservatives, who objected to what they viewed as government usurpation of their parental rights.

All true, but Tomljenovic and Shaw make a compelling medical argument that suggests Gardasil mandates are a very bad idea. For young girls and women in developed countries like the U.S., the still unknown risks of a life-threatening adverse reaction to the vaccine far outweighs the known risks of contracting the disease.

“In the Western world, cervical cancer is a rare disease with mortality rates that are several times lower than the rate of reported serious adverse reactions (including deaths) from HPV vaccination,” they write.

Last year, in response to a Freedom of Information Act request by Judicial Watch, FDA reported 26 new deaths and many more severe reactions — including seizures, blindness and paralysis — in patients receiving Gardasil injections between Sept. 2010 and Sept. 2011.

Since there are no government mandates requiring informed consent for vaccinations, it’s likely that most, if not all, of the victims were unaware that 88 percent of all cervical cancer deaths occur in Third World countries.

Tomljenovic and Shaw conclude that there’s not even enough scientific evidence that HPV vaccines prevent cervical cancer:

“At present there are no significant data showing that either Gardasil (Merck) or Cervarix (GlaxoSmithKline) can prevent any type of cervical cancer since the testing period employed was too short to evaluate long-term benefits of HPV vaccination,” they write.

Also pointing to the lack of testing, Dr. Diane Harper, a leading HPV researcher funded by Merck, has called the use of Gardasil on females under age 16 “a great big public health experiment.”

If they knew there was scant scientific evidence that HPV vaccines reduce the odds of getting cervical cancer beneath those achieved by regular Pap smears, few parents would fork over $360 for a three-shot Gardasil regimen and risk rare but possibly severe reactions.

The vaccine may make sense for some families with a history of cervical cancer, but this private decision should be made by parents in consultation with their doctors.

Certainly not by state legislators who spend $1 million annually to turn Virginia’s 11-year-olds into guinea pigs.


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7 Responses to Study: Gardasil risks outweigh preventive benefits

  1. PeterBDunn says:

    Federal Health Minister Tanya Plibersek says boys aged 12 and 13 will now be given three doses of the Gardasil vaccine under the National Immunisation Program.

    “This is a very important next step in the story of Gardasil,” she said.

    “It’s a very exciting journey, an Australian invention, a world-first vaccine for women and now a world-first vaccine for young men.”

    Ms Plibersek says year 9 boys will also be able to get the vaccine at school under a catch-up program for the next two years.

    Gardasil was first made available to teenage girls free of charge in 2007, and Ms Plibersek says it has already had an impact.

    Audio: HPV vaccine rolled out to boys (The World Today)

    “Significantly reducing the number of lesions that lead to cervical cancer among women in the vaccinated age group,” she said.

    “It is estimated that a quarter of new infections will be avoided by extending the vaccine to boys.”

    The vaccination program for boys is expected to cost $21.1 million over four years

    • PeterBDunn says:

      Definition of Thimerosal
      Thimerosal: A mercury-containing preservative used in some vaccines and
      other products since the 1930’s. No harmful effects were reported from thimerosal at
      doses used in vaccines, except for minor local reactions like redness and swelling at the injection site.
      There was specifically no evidence that thimerosal increases the risk of developing autism or
      any other behavior disorder. However, in 1999 it was agreed that thimerosal should be reduced or eliminated
      in vaccines as a precautionary measure. Today, all routinely recommended pediatric vaccines in the
      US contain no thimerosal or only trace amounts.

  2. PeterBDunn says:
    Gardasil’s grim death toll is on the rise

    Climbing numbers

    After watching my video about the dangers of Gardasil, I received an e-mail from an HSI member named Tosca, who’s affiliated with the Renew-You Centre for Wellbeing and Longevity in Australia.

    Tosca writes: “I would like to pass on the word re Gardasil to our patients. Can you let me know your sources for the statement that 32 girls have died?”

    The source for all reported adverse effects linked to Gardasil is the FDA’s Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System (VAERS). But unfortunately, 32 is no longer the total number of deaths associated with Gardasil. According VAERS, that number has climbed to 47.

    And while the death of 47 young girls is the worst of it, there’s plenty more to dislike about this very dangerous vaccine.
    Gardasil Vaccine Victims and Deaths – Did You Know?”

    ( produced by )

    * * * * * *

    This short powerpoint identifies the risks and benefits of Gardasil.
    Parents sue after Quebec teen dies following Gardasil vaccination

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