New Deaths Linked to Gardasil Use

Gardasil, Merck & Co.’s vaccine designed to prevent certain forms of the human papillomavirus, has been linked to 16 deaths. The new information about the dangers of Gardasil has been reported by Judicial Watch, a consumer watchdog group that obtained the information from the FDA. The deaths occurred between May 2009 and September 2010. The report includes nearly 4,000 adverse reactions to Gardasil including 213 involving permanent disability. Additionally, the report includes 25 cases of young girls contracting Guillian Barre Syndrome, an autoimmune disorder affecting the peripheral nervous system. The Syndrome is one of the leading causes of non-trauma-induced paralysis in the world.
“To say Gardasil has a suspect safety record is a big understatement. These reports are troubling and show that the FDA and other public health authorities may be asleep at the switch,” said Judicial Watch President Tom Fitton. “In the meantime, the public relations push for Gardasil by Merck and politicians on Capitol Hill continues. No one should require this vaccine for young children.”