One More Girl: Help Expose the Dangers of Gardasil

ONE MORE GIRL from ThinkExist Productions on Vimeo.

When Gardasil first hit the market in 2006, I had of course heard of cervical cancer, but I had no idea you could get cancer from a virus.  If you are like me, you’d never heard of HPV.

The initial controversy surrounding the HPV vaccine came from the conservatives that feared such vaccinations would send young girls a message condoning premarital sex.  After the vaccine began to be administered, it became apparent there were health risks associated with the vaccination.

ThinkExist reports:

Merck’s clinical trial data on Gardasil showed that 73.3% of girls who received the vaccination developed ‘new medical conditions.’ This is a disturbingly high percentage and unacceptable by any terms. Another FDA agency, Vaccines Related Biological Products Advisory Committee (VRBPAC) documented that if girls were already exposed to HPV and were vaccinated with Gardasil their chances of getting cervical cancer increased 42.6% with Gardasil and 32.5% with Cervarix.

There have been 89 deaths associated with Gardasil.

One More Girls is a documentary in preproduction that contrasts Merk’s “One Less Girl” campaign.

In 2006, the HPV vaccine Gardasil was introduced to a public generally unaware of Human Papillomavirus or its supposed threat to adolescent girls and women. However, the public was quickly informed of the ‘dangers’ of the virus when Merck Pharmaceutical Company launched an aggressive “One Less Girl to get Cervical Cancer” advertising campaign – with an awarding-winning jingle that had adolescent girls dancing in their living rooms – determined to become one less victim of cervical cancer.

According to Neon Tommy, the campaign was successful. Merck’s marketing techniques earned Gardasil a “pharmaceutical brand of the year” award from Pharmaceutical Executive for its ‘savvy disease education,’ and creating ‘a market out of thin air.”…

One More Girl is a documentary filled with stories of anguish and travesty, futures destroyed, and families reduced to financial ruin by medical costs not covered by insurance companies. Their stories are backed up with research and data from global activists, attorneys, medical experts and journalists.

You can support this project via Kickstarter.  I’ve made a small pledge on behalf of Eco Child’s Play.

Comments

  1. Ralph Kunkel says:

    The author writes: “After the vaccine began to be administered, it became apparent their (sic) were health risks associated with the vaccination.”

    This is incorrect. It it were true the vaccine would never have been approved.

    The author goes on to say: “There have been 89 deaths associated with Gardasil.”

    This too is incorrect. If true, the vaccine would be pulled from the market faster than you could say “HPV”. The anti-vaccination campaign (of which this article is a part of) typically ignores the fact that a similar number of deaths occur in similarly sized unvaccinated populations. These deaths occur from a variety of causes that are NOT vaccine-related.

    Don’t be fooled by the misinformation campaign.

    The vaccine has repeatedly been demonstrated to be safe and well-tolerated, and highly effective in preventing cervical cancer and its precursor lesions, which usually require painful follow-up surgery that can impair fertility. Why not prevent this form of cancer from happening by being vaccinated?

    • Jennifer Lance says:

      Oops, thanks for catching my typo!

      No one who is concerned about vaccination safety thinks we should not prevent disease.

      There are plenty of examples where the FDA has approved medicines that were later shown to be harmful. I cannot blindly trust my daughter’s health to an organization that is influenced so heavily by the pharmaceutical lobby, including allowing pharmaceutical companies to test and report on the safety of the products they are marketing without independent verification.

    • ralph obviously knows nothing about vaccinations or political allies. or about fast tracking trials, adverse event reporting or anything else. gardasil is an idiotic alternative to pap smears. fuck you, ralph.

  2. Deanna Herald says:

    First, I pledged a contribution to “One More Girl” on Kickstart because I’d like to see both sides of the story.

    But take a look at
    http://www.informationisbeautiful.net/2009/how-safe-is-the-hpv-vaccine/

    • Jennifer Lance says:

      I really like your graphic. As always, it is important to remember that life is a risk. When my son faced open heart surgery as a baby, I felt relief in thinking his odds were so much greater of dying in a car accident than the surgery itself. It may seem morbid, but we take risks just living. Vaccines try to eliminate those risks, but I’ll stick with seat belts and airbags for now to protect my children.

  3. h – really? was that necessary? hardly advancing your side of the argument with that kind of carry on are you? intelligent debate doesn’t generally include mindless vulgarity. and Gardisil isn’t an alternative to pap smears and doesn’t claim to be. It protects only against the most common forms of HPV not all of them and women receiving the vaccine are reminded that pap smears are still required. so… didn’t even get that bit right, did you?

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