Gabby Swank was a straight-A student and cheerleader.

But that was before she became very ill following the standard dose of three Gardasil vaccinations, Attkisson reports.

You know the commercial. It showed teenage girls saying “I want to be one less” who gets the HPV virus, which is linked to cervical cancer.

“It was like a big hype among my friends, because we’re like, ‘we’re gonna get it’ because we felt almost pressured by the commercials,” Gabby said.

Gabby got sicker after each shot, progressing to seizures, strokes and heart problems. It was her neurologist who suspected Gardasil was to blame.

“I think there are too many people having serious long-term side-effects,” said neurologist Dr. Dwight Lindholm.

Last fall, the government and vaccine maker Merck concluded there’s no link between Gardasil and serious adverse events like Gabby’s. But a new analysis calls that finding into question.

The National Vaccine Information Center, a private vaccine-safety group, compared Gardasil adverse events to another vaccine, one also given to young people, but for meningitis. Gardasil had three times the number of Emergency Room visits – more than 5,000. Reports of side effects were up to 30 times higher with Gardasil.

“If I’d have known, we never would have gotten the shot,” said Emily Tarsell, whose daughter, Chris, died three weeks after her third Gardasil shot. She was one of the 29 fatalities reported in two years. “And she’d be here to hug.”

Barbara Loe Fisher, co-founder of the NVIC, said: “Now we know from this report that there are more reactions and deaths associated with Gardasil than with another vaccine given in the same age group. It’s irresponsible not to take action.”

Merck, the FDA and CDC question the value of the new analysis, say they continue to review the data, Gardasil remains safe and effective, and its benefits outweigh the risks.

Those who believe the vaccine hurt them aren’t convinced. Gabby isn’t cheering anymore and is too sick to even attend school.

“I struggle with guilt a lot, because I made the choice to get the shot for her,” said Gabby’s mom, Shannon Swank.

Meantime, Merck has asked the FDA to approve it for boys, who can pass on the cancer causing virus to girls, meaning the number of people getting Gardasil may double.


CBS News



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  3. irdial says:

    Fuck them and the horse they rode in on.

  4. Alun says:

    May I also remind you of this quote:

    Said Dr. Raffle, the British cervical cancer specialist: “Oh, dear. If we give it to boys, then all pretense of scientific worth and cost analysis goes out the window.”

    From our earlier post…

    And a news story here…

    Now see news for ‘gardasil boys’….

    “Show me the money!”… OK…

    “Merck’s fourth-quarter sales fell 3.4 percent to $6.03 billion. Merck said 2009 revenue would be at the lower end of the $23.7 billion to $24.2 billion forecast it made in December because it expects sales of the Gardasil vaccine against cervical cancer to be $300 million less than projected. …
    Sales of Merck’s Gardasil, a vaccine against cervical cancer, fell 16 percent to $286 million, with U.S. revenue declining 19 percent. The vaccine, approved in 2006 in girls and women ages 9 to 26, has failed to catch on with young adults within that age group. Patients may also be skipping the $400 shot because of the recession, analysts said.

    Merck is intensifying Gardasil marketing to young women ages 18 to 26 who have been least likely to get the vaccine. The company mailed 2.5 million Gardasil advertisements to patients and enrolled 6,500 doctors in a program to reimburse them for the cost of administering the shots if health insurers refuse to pay.” […]

    From Bloomberg…

    Just wait for the blast of ‘HPV kills young men’ stories when (not if) the FDA approves Gardasil for boys.

    So, your health is their concern?

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