By Susanne Larsson
Epoch Times Staff
Despite thousands of young girls’ accounts of severe side effects from Gardasil injections, the manufacturer, Merck & Co, Inc., continues to make and sell the vaccine, which is supposed to protect against cervical cancer. Now the girls’ parents warn about the vaccine on their own websites.
According to Natural News Magazine, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved Gardasil for the American market in 2006, and by February 2009, more than 40 million doses had been distributed worldwide.
Gardasil is a vaccine that’s supposed to prevent cervical cancer caused by the human papilloma virus (HPV). The virus spreads through sexual intercourse or skin contact.
According to the website Truthaboutgardasil.org, thousands of young girls who have received one to three injections of the vaccine have reported severe side effects, such as seizures, strokes, autoimmune diseases, chronic fatigue, hair loss, chest pains, muscle weakness, menstrual cycle changes, temporary vision and hearing loss, and paralysis. Deaths have also been reported after receiving the vaccine.
The force behind Truthaboutgardasil.org is Marian Greene, the mother of a girl who had an adverse reaction to the vaccine. Greene hopes that the website will help raise awareness of the dangers of Gardasil and vaccines in general. By sharing experiences and news of injuries caused by the vaccine, she hopes to eventually rid the market of the drug.
Merck now also recommends Gardasil to young boys. The company also hopes to reach developing countries, with the aid of new campaigns, Natural News reported.
In Sweden, parents have mobilized against Gardasil. Ann-Britt Axelsdotter from Gothenburg has created a website of her own: “Mothers Against Gardasil.” She decided to get involved after she received an advertisement in the mail offering Gardasil to her teenage daughter.
Other countries are following suit.
“There are concerned parents in Holland, Great Britain, and Australia … who want to give more in-depth information about the vaccine and what it contains,” Axelsdotter told The Epoch Times.