by Sandra Haros/KTAR (June 24th, 2009 @ 5:49pm)
A government watchdog group is raising concerns about the vaccine aimed at preventing the Human Papillomavirus.
28 women and girls are dead and 6,700 others felt adverse effects soon after taking Gardasil.
A group called ‘Judicial Watch’ says they found these numbers in FDA reports. Doctor Cathleen Harris, a physician at Scottsdale Perinatal, says more must be learned about the deaths of these women before determining if Gardasil was the cause of death.
“I think we need to know more about exactly what the nature of the problem is that has caused these deaths,” Harris told KTAR. “I would not be able to tell you at this point if it was directly related to the vaccine or not.”
Harris also said to talk to a doctor before writing off getting the vaccine.
“Like everything else, when we ever give vaccines to people, a tetanus shot or anything else, there’s a small number of people who do have complications. Some of them can be significant, some are very minor, so it’s important to talk about those with the doctor.”
Women who contract HPV run a high risk of getting cervical cancer.
There have been over 16 million doses of Gardasil administered in the United States.