Gardasil, a vaccine designed to prevent the HPV (human papillomavirus) virus has been causing some uproar lately. Over 7,800 people receiving the Gardasil vaccine have reported negative reactions, ranging from pain at the site of injection to more serious side-effects, stated the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Gardasil, made by Merck and Co. Inc., was approved by the FDA in 2006 as a vaccine against four strands of HPV which can cause cervical cancer.
The complaints from people range from nausea and genital warts, to paralysis, blood clots and even death. The Centers for Disease Control have said that of the 10 reported deaths, none of them have been linked to the vaccine.
Articles state that when Gardasil was being tested in the U.S. before being licensed, 10 individuals who were in the group that received the vaccine died, and seven in the placebo group died. None of these deaths were considered vaccine-related.
From CNN.com, "two girls allege in court that the vaccine made them sick.
One -- Jesalee Parsons of Broken Bow, Oklahoma -- got the shot at age 13.
Jesalee's lawyer, Michael McLaren, said she got the shot on February 27, 2007 and soon developed a fever and felt pain. The next day, he said, Jesalee felt pain in her chest and abdomen.
Her mother, Laura Parsons, said Jesalee spent weeks in the hospital and underwent two surgeries after developing pancreatitis. She says the federal government should have studied the drug more before approving its use.
"I just feel let down by the government," Parsons said.
Merck says it could be a coincidence that the girls got sick after receiving the vaccine."
If I was a parent, I would definitely be worried. Not only have they been heavily promoting Gardasil in the media, I would be concerned that I'd have to give my child a vaccine like this at such an early age. And now I'd have to wonder if she's going to get serious ill from this? Anyone out there know of someone that has gotten any side-effects from this shot?