Posted on January 10, 2011 by RachelB
In this case, the young girls who died at the hands of a Gardasil vaccine were in India. No matter if we are looking at deaths close to home or around the world this information shows the very real and very serious impact of a highly dangerous vaccine. While Gardasil and its European counterpart Cervarix (which is yet to be approved for use in the U.S.) have been on the market since 2006, it has been met with strong opposition and even defiance by some.
A dramatic marketing campaign initially brought in thousands of young girls and women for a vaccine that they were told would prevent cervical cancer and possibly keep them healthy. Unfortunately the reality of this vaccine is that it has been highly understudied in the teenage population and only minimally studied otherwise and with its approval for girls age 9 to 26 one health official called it a “giant public health experiment.”
As victim after victim contracts a wide and varying immunological attack–some hours and some days or weeks after vaccination many people have begun to question its use and its safety. For the parents of young ladies who have died after the vaccine they are asking for help and demanding answers. It is no different for the families of 6 Indian girls who died after their vaccinations–the incidences were serious enough for Indian health officials to call the trials off.
Why hasn’t anyone called off the vaccine in this country? When similar results occur here, they are swept under the rug and called “coincidence.” While the Indian government did give permission for the trials, and it was approved by officials of the Ethical Committee and Advisory Groups on both central and state levels, certainly no one expected an outcome like this. How many more young women have to die before someone will call it quits?
As Gardasil rates lag behind in the U.S., and more girls fail to complete the three shot series, it appears that the public is sending a message to Merck–the maker of the drug. Letting them know that they aren’t falling for the fancy commercials and if in fact they want to be “one less” they will stay away completely.
Indian government has decided to stop all trials of the vaccine in their country and around the world nation after nation is beginning to take notice of many different types of complications that could be related to the vaccine. Auto immune diseases, coma, permanent muscle weakness and death are all serious results from this dangerous drug. Parents can only be vigilant to research and understand the risks before putting their child’s life on the line for Gardasil.