Gardasil – Is it Worth the Risk?

Associated Content

April 19, 2010
by Kimberly

Made available to the public in June of 2006 by Merck Pharmaceuticals, Gardasil is purported by Merck to, “protect against 4 types of HPV. In girls and young women ages 9 to 26, Gardasil helps protect against 2 types of HPV that cause about 75% of cervical cancer cases, and 2 more types that cause 90% of genital warts cases. In boys and young men ages 9 to 26, Gardasil helps protect against 90% of genital warts cases. Gardasil also helps protect girls and young women ages 9 to 26 against 70% of vaginal cancer cases and up to 50% of vulvar cancer cases.”

Since its release, Merck has been touting the benefits of this vaccine on television and in print with their One Less campaign targeted at young women and their parents. Currently, a new Merck campaign has surfaced also targeting this group, which doesn’t mention the vaccine outright but, rather, offers up a chilling overview of what can happen to someone who contracts the virus and then suggests women speak to their doctor about HPV. But what Merck doesn’t mention in these commercials is the staggering number of girls who have suffered unexplainable side effects or died after receiving this vaccine. While Merck continues to encourage the use of this vaccine, promoting it for use in boys to fight genital warts and suggesting it be added to the mandatory list of vaccines required for school attendance, girls continue to die mysteriously in this country after being vaccinated.

As of January 31, 2010 the CDC website states their have been 49 deaths among females who have received the vaccine, although they claim that they have found, “no unusual pattern or clustering to the deaths that would suggest that they were caused by the vaccine.” The CDC has also reported that in the United States, the death rate from cervical cancer, 3/100,000 women by statistics from the CDC, is at present similar to the rate of reported serious adverse events from Gardasil 3.4/100,000 doses distributed. If such is the case, why would someone choose to receive a vaccine when the risk of suffering a serious side effect is equal to the risk of suffering from the very thing it is supposed to protect against?


Please note the 3.4/100,000 doses distributed. Number of vaccines distributed is very different from the number of vaccines administered.


Author: Leslie Carol Botha

Author, publisher, radio talk show host and internationally recognized expert on women's hormone cycles. Social/political activist on Gardasil the HPV vaccine for adolescent girls. Co-author of "Understanding Your Mood, Mind and Hormone Cycle." Honorary advisory board member for the Foundation for the Study of Cycles and member of the Society for Menstrual Cycle Research.