Gardasil

Amy - posted on 04/16/2011 ( 18 moms have responded )

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Records Document 3,589 Adverse Reactions Related to Gardasil between May 2009 and September 2010, Including 213 Cases Resulting in Permanent Disability
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Press Office 202-646-5172, ext 305

Washington, DC -- September 28, 2010

Judicial Watch, the public interest group that investigates and prosecutes government corruption, announced today that it has received new documents from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) under the provisions of the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA), detailing reports of adverse reactions to the vaccination for human papillomavirus (HPV), Gardasil. The adverse reactions include 16 new deaths (including four suicides) between May 2009 and September 2010. The FDA also produced 789 “serious” reports, with 213 cases resulting in permanent disability and 25 resulting in a diagnosis of Guillain Barre Syndrome.

Adverse report excerpts include:

* A nineteen year old girl with no medical history except occasional cases bronchitis received Gardasil and in 53 days, had “Headache, Nausea, dizziness, chilling, tiredness, shortness of breath, complained of chest plain, severe cramps.” She experienced an Acute Cardiac Arrhythmia. Attempts to resuscitate her resulted in a sternal fracture, but were unsuccessful and the patient died. — V. 356938
* A thirteen year old girl was vaccinated on July 17th, 2009. Ten days later, she developed a fever and was treated. However, “the patient did not recover and was admitted to the hospital on [August 8th]…She developed dyspnoea and went into a coma…she expired [that day] at around 9:00 pm. The cause of death was determined as ‘death due to viral fever.’ … This event occurred after 23 days of receiving first dose of Gardasil. — V. 380081
* Thirteen days after vaccination, a ten year old girl developed “progressive loss of strength in lower and upper extremities almost totally…Nerve conduction studies [showed Guillain Barre Syndrome].” Case was “considered to be immediately life-threatening.” — V. 339375

One mother of a 13-year old girl who died 37 days after receiving the vaccination noted in a report: “I first declined getting her the vaccination but her doctor ensured me that it was safe…” After her daughter complained of a severe headache, no feeling in her foot and a tingling feeling in her leg, a doctor’s appointment was set for October 23, 2009. “My daughter never made it to Oct[ober] 23rd, which is also her birthday,” the mother noted. “She passed on Oct[ober] 17th, I found her cold unresponsive in her room at 7am....”


Would anyone still get this for their kids? What age, if any, do you think it's safe? Should we just teach more about safe sex than vaccinate and hope for the best? After all, if you are vaccinated, it's not a 100% sure it will prevent HPV, so we should teach safe sex anyway. And it claims to prevent cancer.......really? We now know what causes cancer that we can prevent it? Just because people with cervical cancer usually have a form of hpv doesn't mean that everyone with hpv will get cancer.

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Jodi - posted on 04/16/2011

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Ok, you have provided NUMBERS of girls who have been affected, but without knowing how many were vaccinated in total, it is entirely unrealistic to be able to calculate the risk. You would be basing your decision on emotion, and not on a realistic risk assessment. We all know that all vaccines have some adverse reactions, and I think we can all agree that there ARE deaths and adverse reactions as a result of every vaccine. BUT those risks are minute in children with no family history of reactions. So minimal, in fact, that they are at greater risk if they actually contract the disease.

Now, if only 1,000,000 girls were vaccinated in the US, those stats you provided would be horrifying, because that would represent 0.35% of all those vaccinated had a reaction. However, I very much doubt only 1,000,000 girls were vaccinated. Let's say 10 million had the vaccination. That equates to a 0.035% chance of a reaction, or 0.002% chance of permanent disability.

Now, take the risk of NOT having the vaccine. Personally, I have not researched this yet, because I have not yet had to make the decision - I was too old for it, and my daughter is too young for it. So I am not sure of the stats. But I DID look up briefly on the site of the National Cancer Institute, and apparently in one year ALONE more women die from HPV caused cervical cancer than have an adverse reaction (remember adverse reaction can be as little as a fever and rash) to the vaccine.

It is all relative. I think, too often, we look at the individual cases in making our decision, so it becomes an emotional decision. Yes, how terrible for those mothers who lost their children to the vaccine. But isn't it also terrible for the 10 times as many mothers who lose their children to cervical cancer? We need to make some decisions in life with our heads, not our hearts, and look at the bigger picture. And the fact is, the bigger picture is that the disease is worse than the vaccine.

Jocelyn - posted on 04/17/2011

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I still consider it too new for my liking.
I never got it (I was preg with my first when it first came out and since I'm married I figured I didn't need it)
As the facts stand now, I will not be giving it to either of my children. It just seems like another unnecessary vaccine (like the chicken pox vax).

Sara - posted on 04/17/2011

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I take issue with saying that HPV is avoidable by just not having unprotected sex. Men are asymptomatic carriers of the disease, so it could very well be that you get married to someone or be in long term relationship with someone who is a carrier and have no idea and thus contract HPV. It can also be carried in the mouth and throat, so you could have oral sex with someone and contract it...how many people do you know that have "protected" oral sex, especially teenagers? The bottom line is that HPV can infect areas that are not covered by a condom - so condoms may not fully protect against HPV. So saying it's 100% avoidable is not realistic.



As for the vaccine, I believe it to be safe. Some people have gotten sick and/or died after getting the shot, not necessarily because of the shot. People automatically assume the two events are related. In reality, when you vaccinate on a mass scale you will get coincidences. Millions of girls have had this vaccine, it would be surprising if none died within a year or having the shot.

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Mrs. - posted on 04/17/2011

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Okay, is the excerpt actually from the website, The Truth About Gardasil? Or is it from other source? Not sure I'd trust the info to be fair and balanced from a site devoted to slamming the vaccine. I suppose it would be the same as posting an ad from the Gardasil website or something and just taking everything at fact.

As a person who narrowly avoided Cancer of the cervix due to HPV (the docs say I was the stage right before they can call it cancer), I'm hopeful about this vaccine. My daughter has a few years to go, but if the good still outweighs the cancer....I'm doing it. I don't want her to go through what I went through if she doesn't have to.

Charlie - posted on 04/17/2011

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I guess my point is what makes this different from any other vaccine ?

Charlie - posted on 04/17/2011

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The thing is you can find lists of people with adverse reactions and death in all vaccinations ..it is an unfourtunate reality of vaccination and a risk we all should understand before we take any vaccine .

Amy - posted on 04/17/2011

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Apologies I don't have more information - this was just forwarded to me from a friend who is a nurse. She had a friend who died shortly after [ within two or three days] and is now a member of some group - she gave me the website....



http://truthaboutgardasil.org/



She said her friend was happy, in great health and not sexually active. She started getting dizzy - so nurse friend told her to drink water/stay hydrated, check for ear infections......they thought it was the flu until she had a seizure. Not sure how it all went down at the end, but nurse friend is certain it was from this shot.

Lady Heather - posted on 04/17/2011

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Totally agree Sara. Anyone who wants to know about avoiding HPV can just go talk to my mother who only had one partner her whole life and still got it. She's already had a couple of cervical scares as a result. You'd have to take a vow of chastity to ensure you weren't going to get it and if you do, a pap isn't going to save you necessarily.

None of the deaths mentioned in the OP are necessarily directly linked to the shot. I'll be doing more reading on the subject when the time comes, but I bet in most cases there was another cause of death that makes a lot more sense, especially considering how safe it seems to be for the VAST majority of people.

Charlie - posted on 04/17/2011

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Ive had my shots , no shots my boys arent even close to being considered for it so I havent really thought about it for them , for me I got it as soon as possible and am glad I did .

Tracey - posted on 04/17/2011

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I didn't give it to my daughter (14), we discussed it, it was her choice in the end and she wants to wait until there is more information available.

My doctor advised that the biggest cause of cancer is smoking, followed by having an unhealthy lifestlye. We will follow that advice rather than sticking needles in children.

Mel - posted on 04/17/2011

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I got my letter to get the injections while pregnant with my first bbay, I started the injections as soon as I gave birth. They told me it as safe in breast feeding, someone else told me later it wasnt but my duaghters 3 and fine today so I guess it didnt affect her, and didnt affect me either. My SIL later said it was a new drug and she would never trust it. If Id known all the infortmation I probably wouldnt have gotten injection , Im not sure

Sneaky - posted on 04/17/2011

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I was hoping that in the next ten years (that's how long I've got until my daughter is due for it) that I would start to feel a bit more comfortable with the idea. From what I know about cervical cancer, you avoid getting HPV (by NOT having unprotected sex with multiple partners) and you have regular pap smears. It's not like the flu or measles which you can't avoid if someone at the grocery store breathes on you.

I look forward to reading what everyone else thinks about it.

Jodi - posted on 04/16/2011

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Didn't realise they had started giving it to boys now. They aren't in Australia as far as I'm aware. But if they are doing it in the US, they'll probably start here soon. I suppose I should get cracking on doing my research ;D

Sherri - posted on 04/16/2011

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It is now recommended for all boys aged 14 and on as well. However, I was not comfortable with the level of safety of the shot so we opted not to get it. The first shot ever I have said no too. We did get my son the meningitis vaccination.

Jodi - posted on 04/16/2011

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And just for the record, I am still undecided for my daughter, because I am yet to cross that bridge. I was just making a point that the data you have provided is misleading.

Rosie - posted on 04/16/2011

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i believe it's safe for girls. As of February 14, 2011, there have been 51 VAERS reports of death among females who have received Gardasil. Thirty two of these reports have been confirmed and 29 remain unconfirmed due to no identifiable patient information in the report such as a name and contact information to confirm the report. A death report is confirmed (verified) after a medical doctor reviews the report and any associated records. In the 32 reports confirmed, there was no unusual pattern or clustering to the deaths that would suggest that they were caused by the vaccine and some reports indicated a cause of death unrelated to vaccination.
32 deaths that they can't link to the vaccine, out of 33 million doses given.

Nikki - posted on 04/16/2011

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Shit that's scary. It's on the vaccination schedule here in Australia. Girls receive the vaccine in year 8 at school. I have had the vaccine, without any side effects but this does make me twice about giving it too my daughter. Luckily I have over 10 years to thoroughly research it before I make my decision.

I plan on being very proactive when it comes to sex education anyway, I feel it is the best way to try and prevent STD's across the board.

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