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Gardasil Controversy – Proven Dangers and Side Effects of the Merck Vaccine

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Gardasil Controversy – Proven Dangers and Side Effects of the Merck Vaccine

Gardasil was approved in 2006 for use as a vaccine to prevent a limited number of types of human papillomavirus, or HPV.

Supporters want to make this vaccine a requirement, but is it really a safe drug to inject into our children?

Many experts feel the potential for benefits are not worth the serious risks. This debate has been at the center of the Gardasil controversy since the vaccine hit the market.

There are over 100 types of HPV with about 15 types known to potentially cause certain types of cancer.

It is considered the most common of all sexually transmitted infections, though most people that are infected exhibit no symptoms and may not ever know they have it.

Using Gardasil to Guard Against HPV

Gardasil, manufactured by Merck, is intended to suppress only four of these strains of HPV. The hope is to protect girls from genital warts as well as cervical, vaginal and anal cancers and to protect boys from genital warts, anal cancer and penile cancer.

The FDA is recommending that children as young as nine years old be vaccinated against this sexually transmitted disease. (1)

According to the CDC, 20 million people are infected with HPV, with 6 million becoming infected each year.

Of these, 12,000 women will get cervical cancer each year, 1500 will get vulvar cancer, 500 will get vaginal cancer and 2700 will get anal cancer. In men, 400 will get penile cancer and 1500 will get anal cancer. (2)

Vaccination may seem like a good idea, until you realize that most cases of HPV clear up on their own, and rarely progress into cancer.

In addition, these types of cancer are not always caused by HPV. Your child could be vaccinated and still end up with one of these rare cancers.

According to New Scientist magazine, the overall effectiveness is not known and won’t be known for decades. So getting the vaccination is not a promise of protection. It is just a maybe. (3)

And this possible protection may not last, so children and young adults could still be vulnerable to cancers and be exposed to side effects of a vaccine that may or may not be helpful.

In fact, it could be far from helpful. It could be deadly.


The Side Effects and Other Dangers of Gardasil

The side effects listed for Gardasil include headache, fever, nausea, dizziness, seizure-like activity and anaphylaxis.

Other, more serious issues that have been reported include Guillan-Barre syndrome, seizures, blood clotting, heart problems, miscarriages, cervical cancer (which it is supposed to prevent) and sudden death.

Since vaccination began, 49 people have died after being vaccinated. Another 213 now have permanent disabilities. (4,7)

Adding to the Gardasil controversy, Dr. Diane Harper, one of the researchers for Gardasil, feels the vaccine, if effective, will only protect for five years. In an interview with CBS News, she stated:

“If we vaccinate 11 year olds and the protection doesn’t last… we’ve put them at harm from side effects, small but real, for no benefit.”

She went on to say that enough serious side effects have been noted to make the vaccine more dangerous than the cancer it hopes to prevent, because cervical cancer is, in fact, curable. (5)


The Value of Safety

Is it worth risking your life or the life of your child to possibly prevent a disease that is curable, or to prevent the spread of an illness that usually resolves itself?

In fact, the spread of HVP is better prevented through the use of condoms, and they cost far less than mass vaccinations.

It would seem that, if we want to protect our children, it is safer to educate them about HPV and its potential to lead to cancer.

Encourage abstinence or, at the very least, safe sex. Then they will not only be protected from sexually transmitted diseases, but they will also be protected from the side effects of unnecessary and unproven vaccines – not to mention an unplanned pregnancy.


(1) Indications and Usage for Gardasil
(2) Genital HPV Infection – Fact Sheet
(3) We need to talk about HPV vaccination – seriously
(4) 49 Sudden Deaths, 213 Permanent Disabilities – And the Silent Plan to Poison Your Child
(5) Gardasil Researcher Speaks Out
(6) Condom Use and the Risk of Genital Human Papillomavirus Infection in Young Women
(7) Vaccine Adverse Events Reporting System (VAERS)
Image Credit: EarthHopeNetwork, Children’s Hospital of Boston

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  • figo liu

    Herpes is one of the most misunderstood std’s out there. The simple truth
    is that 90% of the adult population has it but doesn’t realize it. If you ever
    get a fever blister you have herpes. The only difference between mouth herpes
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  • Mary

    Help – my daughter has been to the emergency room 4 times in a week – 3 trips by ambulance.  She has syncope and sudden onset of seizure like activity.  all tests are negative -no epilepsy, heart is fine, brain normal.  She had a gardasil vaccine about 3 weeks ago, I am really scared.  I need some help and some medical experts who are familiar with this

  • “Other, more serious issues that have been reported include Guillan-Barre
    syndrome, seizures, blood clotting, heart problems, miscarriages,
    cervical cancer (which it is supposed to prevent) and sudden death.”

    Reporting an issue does not establish causality. Same with the 49 deaths. Given that at least 15 million young people have received the vaccine so far, it would be a miracle if none of them died within 8 months of having the shot. It’s a cruel world and sometimes teenagers die. But that doesn’t mean the vaccine caused the death.

  • Thanks Faye. Although I don’t think “reported” meant simply reported. If you look at the sources, I believe it is more specific than that – meaning, more serious issues tied to the vaccine have been reported related to those symptoms.

  • L.J.

    Condoms are by no means as good a deterrent to HPV infection as the vaccine. To suggest so is to avoid one unproven risk (that Gardasil is dangerous) for another that is proven (infection with HPV).

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