The Gardasil Vaccine Series – An Interview with Merck & Co., Inc.

The Huffington Post

Marcia G. Yerman
New York based writer focusing on women’s issues and the arts. Co-Founder of cultureID.

November 6, 2009

Merck is the developer of the HPV vaccine Gardasil. The company has an independent website,, devoted to explaining the product, complete with social marketing tools to “help spread the word about cervical cancer and HPV.” It features responses to “Questions about what you are hearing,” as well as a vertical labeled “More for parents.”

Throughout the site, certain information appears with regularity. Merck states that their product is “the only cervical cancer vaccine that helps protect against four types of human papilloma virus (HPV). Two types that cause 70% of cervical cancer cases; two types that cause 90% of genital warts cases.”

The vaccine is targeted at girls and women from 9 – 26. It is administered in three injections over a six-month period. It is acknowledged that the vaccine does not provide full protection for everyone, or for all types of cervical cancer. Merck endorses continued pap smears.

Regarding adverse reactions, Merck stresses that those who are severely allergic to yeast or women who are pregnant should not receive the vaccine. It also warns of potential reaction for those who may be sensitive to the “other” ingredients found in the vaccine.

Possible side effects listed include “swelling, itching, bruising, redness at injection site, headaches, fever, nausea, dizziness, vomiting and fainting.” It is noted that fainting can be accompanied by falling, shaking, stiffening, or other seizure-like activity. Patients are advised to remain in the doctor’s office for fifteen minutes after receiving the shot, for observation.


Comment from Leslie

Anyone notice that the list of side effects is getting longer and longer…. Conclusion of the article suggests that people report directly to VAERS – which the FDA calls the “Voluntary” Adverse Event Reporting System – instead of “Vaccine” Adverse Event Reporting System. Nowhere on the home page does it say anything about this reporting system being ‘voluntary’ and the government has made it so difficult to fill out that most parent’s give up. Most doctors are not even aware of this reporting system.

And BTW – the FDA has stated the it is up to the us – the people to make other people aware that this reporting system works.

Oh, and also – the FDA is aware an investigating car crashes by teen girls who seized some time after receiving the HPV vaccine….

I have all of this from a good source – me – I sat in on a conference call with the FDA today with 4 other women as we explained our concerns.  We do have another meeting – but in the meantime – consumer beware…this is a dangerous vaccine.


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.