Gardasil safety questioned

Reader’s Forum Tampa Bay Newspaper

February 3, 2010

Letter to the Editor

Re: “Protect yourself against cervical cancer,” Beacon, Jan. 21
I’m in agreement with the writer that women should “be proactive about reducing the risk of danger where we can.” To that end I would like to share some information about the vaccine known as Gardasil.

According to the Journal of the American Medical Association, the reported side effects of the Gardasil vaccine include headaches, nausea, fainting, dizzy spells, blood clots, numbness, seizures, paralysis, Gullian Bare Syndrome, Lou Gehrig type symptoms. Yet, the AMA reports the vaccine is safe. In August 2009, the Journal of the AMA included two articles by doctors who questioned whether the safety or benefits of the vaccine outweigh the risks.

The Judicial Watch, a government watchdog organization, in a June press release stated that in one year’s time reports show 235 cases of permanent disability and 147 cases of spontaneous abortion when given to pregnant women. At least 47 deaths have been reported. This, according to the Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System. Both the FDA and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention use VAERS to collect data about side effects. “The FDA adverse events reports on HPV vaccine read like a catalog of horrors,” said Tim Fitton, president of Judicial Watch. The medical community has given the nickname “Gardasil girls” to those who have died or become disabled after getting the vaccine. No one in the vaccine community is talking about this.

Facebook has over 130 mostly anti-Gardasil groups with thousands of members. YouTube has over 700 Gardasil related videos, mostly warnings. The photo site Flickr and micro-blog Twitter bring up mainly anti-Gardasil messages.

On Oct. 16, 2009, the pharmaceutical giant Merck won approval to sell the vaccine to boys and young men. Health care banking analyst Seamus Fernandez told the San Francisco Examiner that the new male market could increase sales by $200 million to $300 million. Those who would benefit from pushing the administering of this vaccine worldwide will be the pharmaceutical companies, politicians and doctors who want to force parents to have their children vaccinated. Pushing this vaccine will put money into the pockets of all of the above.

Safety studies need to continue on this vaccine. The health, welfare and very lives of our children depend on it.

B.A. O’Neill
Pinellas Park



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.