August 6, 2009
School supplies and new outfits are on parents’ minds at this time of year, but they should be aware of a new danger – the aggressive promotion of the potent vaccine Gardasil, which has been linked to the deaths of up to 39 women and a host of other problems.
Produced by Merck & Co., Gardasil is a vaccine designed to prevent human papilloma virus (HPV), a common sexually transmitted infection which can cause cervical cancer. Advertised as a “vaccine against cancer,” Merck has poured millions of dollars into a promotion campaign that has reached to the level of school and city health officials.
But an independent study by the National Vaccine Information Center (NVIC) compared Gardasil with Manactra, an anti-meningitis drug that is also given to children. The report said, “compared to Menactra, receipt of Gardasil is associated with at least twice as many emergency room visit reports; four times more death reports; five times more ‘did not recover’ reports; and seven times more ‘disabled’ reports.”