July 15, 2009
Yes, let’s talk about Gardasil. I cannot begin to tell you how angry I am this drug was fast tracked and delivered to the public and in some cases it is mandatory. Right now there are several young women who have either been diagnosed with lupus or are now living with lupus-like symptoms.
She is just 16: the intelligent, lively pretty girl from Kansas, who was a high school gymnast and cheerleader and got straight A’s until, in 2008, three Gardasil shots changed her life and she became one more Gardasil reaction statistic.
Today, Gabrielle never knows when she will be back in the hospital emergency room. Diagnosed with inflammation in the brain and body, the brain seizures won’t stop. She has had strokes. The right side of her body is weakened. She is in almost constant pain. Gabi has developed lupus now. Her doctor says she could die.
She could die all because of greed. The drug — and hold on to your hats — contains genetically engineered virus-like protein particles (VLPs) and aluminum, which affect immune function. Aluminum folks. Geez. Gardasil has also been linked to thousands of adverse reports including paralysis and 39 deaths as of May 1, 2009.
Last month, the Food & Drug Administration asked Merck, the maker of Gardasil, to issue stronger warnings on its label concerning fainting to prevent head injury. What? That’s it?
Side effects from the drug are concerning. Studies conducted by the Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System show 13,758 reports of “adverse side effects,” with 93 percent of those reports considered to be non-serious. According to the CDC Web site, the non-serious side effects include headache, nausea and fever, while serious side effects include blood clots, Guillain-Barré Syndrome, a rare disorder that can cause paralysis, and possible death.