Recently, I blogged on the issue of adverse reactions to HPV-Gardasil vaccines. The information for the article was based upon my own personal experience representing people in the National Vaccine Injury Compensation Program as well as my review of hundreds, if not thousands of pages of literature on the topic. The purpose of my blog is to also get people thinking, to do independent research on their own and reach their own conclusions. However, I thought I would take the opportunity to provide some “facts” about HPV-Gardasil.
According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, of which you can go online at www.cdc.gov/vaccinesafety/Vaccines/HPV/Gardasil.html, you will see that as of September 15, 2011, almost 40,000,000 doses of Gardasil were distributed in the United States and a total of slightly more than 20,000 reports of adverse events following Gardasil vaccines were reported to VAERS (Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System). VAERS collects data from various sources concerning adverse events following vaccines of all kinds including HPV. Again, please Google VAERS and you will have access to a multitude of information with respect to vaccines and adverse events.
According to VAERS, 92% of the reports following the Gardasil vaccination were considered non-serious. Although the adverse event was serious enough to report they were not serious enough for hospitalization, death, permanent disability or life-threatening illness. Most involved pain and swelling, fever, dizziness, nausea and fainting.
On the other hand, 8% were considered “serious”. If my math is correct, 8% of the approximately 20,000 reports is 1,600. Some people may consider this an insignificant number while others consider it significant. There are many reports, one by one of the major researchers for the company that developed HPV-Gardasil, claiming that it is unnecessary or does not solve the problems claimed. Again, that is one person’s opinion of which is supported by many while there are others who claim that HPV is safe and effective. Again, the choice is yours.
Back to the 1,600 serious adverse events following Gardasil reported to VAERS. First, remember not everyone reports an adverse event to VAERS so there are probably more both non-serious as well as serious events.
Guillan-Barre’ Syndrome (GBS) has been reported after Gardasil vaccinations. Some experts claim that GBS is related to the vaccine while others claim it is not. Also, blood clots have occurred in the heart, lungs and legs of many girls of some of the 1,600 adverse events. Most importantly, as of September 15, 2011, there have been a total of 71 VAERS reports of death among those who have received Gardasil.
Again, this is just one source for information for those interested in the topic. The sources of information pertaining to both the controversy surrounding the effectiveness of HPV-Gardasil as well as whether any adverse events have ever been caused by HPV-Gardasil are topics of conversation and multiple opinions. Five minutes on Google or your favorite internet search engine will lead you to more than enough information to support either position. However, I have been representing people adversely affected from vaccines for almost all of my 27 years of practice. To prove our cases, we need expert medical opinions that link the vaccine to the injury. This is not easy and the law has stringent requirements before a person claiming to have been adversely affected by a vaccine can recover compensation. I admit that my opinions tend to favor the clients that I represent. That is because I believe in them and want to help. I represent people not drug companies or the attorneys for the government who defend these claims.
Again, I ask, does HPV-Gardasil cause serious adverse events? You be the judge! If you have any questions about a vaccine claim causing death or serious injury following a vaccination please contact me for a no cost, no obligation consultation. Again, should we take your case there is absolutely no financial risk to you as the Program compensates attorneys for their time and effort on all legitimately filed claims and also compensates the injured victims through the National Vaccine Injury Compensation Program. In the Chicago area call (312) 988-4830, New York City area call (212) 521-4192, Wisconsin area call (608) 824-9540 or anywhere in the United States at our toll free number (866) 455-2993 or email firstname.lastname@example.org with questions or concerns.