North Hollywood, California, June 3, 2010 —
The National Vaccine Information Center (NVIC) is petitioning President Barack Obama and Congress on behalf of families whose daughters have died or been adversely injured by Gardasil to investigate the vaccine immediately. The petition is posted on Care2petitionsite. (http://www.thepetitionsite.com/14/investigate-gardasil-vaccine-risks-now).
Members of TruthAboutGardasil.org support this effort and are hoping to raise awareness to reach the 30,000 signatures needed. According to Marian Greene, co-founder; “It is obvious that Merck will not halt the Gardasil campaign unless the government intervenes. And that will not take place until enough people in the United States and around the world raise their voices – demanding an immediate, independent investigation of Gardasil.”
NVIC cites the following reasons for the call for the immediate investigation:
- Gardasil was fast tracked and licensed by the FDA in 2006 and immediately recommended by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) for universal use by all young women, ages 11 to 26;
- Merck studied Gardasil side effects in only about 1200 girls 16 years old and younger and followed-up for less than two years before getting a license;
- Merck was not required by federal health agencies to use a true placebo in pre-licensure clinical trials. Instead, they compared Gardasil against a placebo that contained an unknown amount of aluminum, potentially masking the true reactivity of Gardasil, which also contains aluminum;
- Deaths and serious health problems experienced by participants receiving Gardasil in pre-licensure clinical trials were written off by Merck as a coincidence;
- Thousands of adverse events reported to the federal Vaccine Adverse Events Reporting System (VAERS) since Gardasil has been licensed, including deaths, serious health problems, emergency room visits, hospitalizations, and permanent injuries, have been written off by federal health agencies as a coincidence;
- Comparison of serious adverse events, such as death, stroke, blood clots, cardiac arrest, seizures, fainting, lupus, and re-challenge cases, reported to VAERS after Gardasil vaccination and meningococcal (Menactra) vaccination reveal that these events are reported three to 30 times more frequently after Gardasil vaccination;
- Doctors and parents are not being informed by federal agencies or Merck about all serious adverse events associated with Gardasil so steps can be taken to monitor vaccine reactions and prevent injury and death;
- The hallmark of good government is honesty, accountability and transparency;
- President Barack Obama and members of Congress have pledged to improve government honesty, accountability and transparency for the people of the United States;
The petition calls on President Obama, his Administration and Congress to investigate the expedited licensing and universal use recommendation by federal health agencies for girls and young women, ages 11 to 26, to receive three doses of Gardasil; to take action to minimize the human and economic costs of Gardasil; and to protect the lives of citizens who depend on their government to ensure vaccines are safe, effective, and necessary.