Gardasil has been heavily promoted by its manufacturer, Merck & Co., as a vaccine to be administered to girls from ages 9-26. This vaccine is aimed against 4 strains of the human papillomavirus (HPV), which are sexually transmitted, and can cause cervical cancer. However 15 strains of HPV have been implicated in causing cervical cancer, so the vaccine does not protect against all of the high-risk strains of the virus.
As of July 27, 2007 there were 2207 reports of adverse reactions to Gardasil submitted to the Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System (VAERS). This was an increase of 2125 new reports in 5 1⁄2 months since February 6th, 2007. These formally reported cases represent the most serious side effects that girls have experienced. I expect that many less damaging side effects have not been reported.
There have been 3 deaths reported in girls shortly following vaccination.
31 reports were considered life threatening. This is 1.4% of the girls reported.
1385 girls went to the emergency room. That is 62.75% of the girls reported.
451 girls at the time of the report had not recovered. That is 20.43% of the girls reported.
51 girls were disabled when the report was filed. That is 2.31% of the girls reported and more information was requested.
You can access the VAERS database at: http://www.medalerts.org/ to obtain further information about vaccine damage reports.
Because of the many unresolved issues regarding the safety and efficacy of this vaccine, I am currently recommending that my patients avoid Gardasil. I feel that it will take at least 5 years until we have enough data to objectively judge the value of this vaccine. Don't let Merck use your daughters as guinea pigs for testing their new vaccine.
George B. Elvove, M.D., P.C.
1029 W Park Ave
Libertyville IL 60048-2550
Thanks to Cheryl S. for forwarding this information to me. I hadn't planned on having my girls vaccinated, but this confirmed my decision. I have to admit, the more I read about clinical trials etc, that the pharmicuticals conduct on their products before they go to market, the more frustrated I am. Most of the time, they push products through short trials to gain favorable results, then persuade the FDA to give them market approval before the safety and efficacy is proven. I agree - don't let pharmecutical companies use you or your family as guinea pigs. Better yet, chose to begin a supplement program from a company you can trust, and make lifestyle choices which will protect, not harm, your health.