Both Gardasil and Menactra vaccines are recommended by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) for grade school through college aged children, but according to the National Vaccine Information Center (NVIC), Gardasil has been implicated in many more adverse reactions than Menactra, raising plenty of questions about its safety.
“Merck only studied the vaccine in fewer than 1200 girls under age 16 and most of the serious health problems and deaths in the pre-licensure clinical trials were written off as a ‘coincidence.’ If the new Administration and Congress want to make government recommended health care safer, more effective and less expensive, a good place to start is by looking into the human and economic costs of Gardasil vaccine.” – Barbara Loe Fisher, NVIC co-founder and president
NVIC used the MedAlerts database to compile the data for Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System (VAERS) figures and found that compared to Menactra, Gardasil is associated with twice as many ER visits (5,021), and four times as many deaths (29).
There have also been 34 reports of thrombosis, 27 reports of lupus, 23 reports of blood clots, 16 reports of stroke, and 11 reports of vasculitis following Gardasil vaccine given alone without any other vaccines. There are up to six times more fainting reports after Gardasil vaccination than after Menactra and 544 reports of seizures following Gardasil and 158 after Menactra.
This mother lost her daughter just days after receiving a Gardasil vaccination:
And this young girl is still suffering from Inflammation of the Central Nervous System as a result of a Gardasil vaccine reaction:
In the UK, over 1,300 girls have experienced adverse reactions to the controversial Cervarix vaccine:
“Four girls had convulsions, one had a seizure and one had an epileptic fit. There were several cases of paralysis. One had Bell’s palsy, which paralyses the face; one had hemiparesis, which paralyses or severely weakens half the body; two experienced hypoaesthesia, in which the sufferer loses much of her sense of touch, and one had Guillain-Barré syndrome, which paralyses the legs.”
If you have daughters, how are you going to proceed? Roll the dice with these vaccines, or let them take their chances with the natural risks of living in a body?
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Gina Munsey says
Unbelievable. How any health care practitioner can continue to promote these vaccines in light of the reactions is beyond me.
Crimson Wife says
Not to mention that it appears the vaccine wears off after 3-5 years. That means if a girl receives it at age 11, it’ll wear off during high school when she’s at much higher risk of being exposed to HPV.
There is no research that says it wears off in 3-5 years. As for the cost argument, several HPV strains have been shown to be THE cause of cervical cancer, one of the biggest killers of women today. With estimates that at least 20% of all women and as many as 60% will contract some strain (if not multiple) of HPV, often without knowing it, the cost of NOT vaccinating will continue to drive up health care costs with increased demand for expensive cancer drugs. One dose of chemotherapy is at least 4x the cost of the entire vaccine. Scientific fact is how healthcare providers can still advocate for these vaccines. If Menactra works as well or better with fewer side effects, so be it, change the recommendation. The smallpox vaccine killed thousands of people the world over, but saved millions. The reason people are still raging against an HPV (cervical cancer) vaccine is because cancer is not as visually obvious as Smallpox or Polio.
Crimson Wife says
Cervical cancer rarely kills in countries where Pap smears are readily available like the U.S. and the U.K. In the U.S. in 2005, the chance of a woman dying from a different type of cancer was roughly:
17.5 times for lung cancer
10 times for breast cancer
8 times for colon cancer
6 times for blood cancers like leukemia & lymphoma
4 times for pancreatic cancer
Cervical cancer did not make the top 10 deadliest cancers for U.S. women in any group except for African-Americans (who have less access to Pap tests and on average have a greater number of sexual partners).
Merck’s own clinical trials found that Gardasil wore off in some participants after only 3 years.
Wenona Napolitano says
I’ve dealt with HPV and deal with the fact I will probably one day have cervical cancer. I have had numerous problems, pain and a couple surgeries. I don’t want my daughter to go through that. I do plan to wait until she is older and maybe some of the kinks have been worked out and the vaccine options are safer. But I believe that if there is a safe option that can prevent her from going through what I have then she should get the vaccine.
I wish that I had googled Gardasil side effects or adverse events, before my daughter had the injection. The side effects following GARDASIL have changed her life.
Please SIGN the petition to Pres Obama and Congress to Investigate Gardasil Vaccine NOW!!