Is Gardasil® Doing More Harm than Good?

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Did you know that Merck’s cervical cancer vaccine Gardasil has been linked to debilitating side effects? Numerous reports of extremely serious auto-immune diseases reported in otherwise healthy girls.

Gardasil’s Hidden Dangers

Gardasil is a vaccine that is designed to protect against the human papillomavirus (HPV) and related diseases. It is not a cure for HPV, nor does it offer 100% protection against the virus. Gardasil works by offering protection against the four most common strains of HPV – types 6, 11, 16 and 18. HPV types 16 and 18 account for 70% of cervical cancers, while types 6 and 11 account for 90% of all cases of genital warts.

In 2007, Merck attempted to make Gardasil legally mandatory for all girls between the ages of 11 and 12 in the State of Texas. Though the effort failed in that state, the company has been successful in Virginia and the District of Columbia. Other states mandate that information regarding Gardasil be given to girls near age 12. To date, over 25 million young women have been vaccinated with Gardasil around the country.

Gardasil & Guillain-Barre Syndrome (GBS)

A recent FDA/CDC study has revealed some troubling data about Gardasil. The study found that girls and women who received Gardasil vaccinations may be at “an increased incidence of Guillain-Barre syndrome [also known as “Guillain-Barre” or GBS] in the first six weeks, especially the first two weeks, after vaccination.”

GBS is an inflammatory disorder of the peripheral nerves. The peripheral nerves convey sensory information (e.g., pain, temperature) from the body to the brain. Symptoms of Guillain-Barre include (but are not limited to):

  • weakness / numbness in the extremities
  • tingling in the legs and arms
  • loss of movement and feeling in the legs, arms, upper body, and face

In addition to GBS, Gardasil has been linked to a number of acute onset auto-immune diseases such as rheumatoid arthritis, lupus, and others. To date, over 16,000 adverse events have been reported through the Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System (AERS). Of these adverse events, more than 50 deaths have been reported.

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