The Dangers Of Gardasil--Vaccine Against Cervical Cancer

@pyewacket (43962)
United States
July 3, 2007 7:59pm CST
It's only been recently that the idea has "sprung" to give young girls the HPV vaccine, known as Gardasil, to prevent the possibility of later getting cervical cancer. I have always been leary of these so-called "miracle" drugs and vaccines, and something just didn't sit right with me about this vaccine...well it looks like my suspicions are correct, and think we need to caution against so freely the idea of subjecting young girls to this vaccine I've just been reading this article and it gives me the chills...to quote..."1,637 adverse reactions have been reported by Judicial Watch, a public interest watchdog, including three girls who died shortly after receiving the immunization. Judicial Watch obtained the reports from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration using the Freedom of Information Act." Among the severe reactions have been..experiencing .." headache, nausea, and dizziness. In some cases, the problems were so severe that they were hospitalized." Its even suspected that the vaccine may cause infertility, and three deaths have been reported after these three girls were vaccinated Here's the entire article http://v.mercola.com/blogs/public_blog/Three-Girls-Died--Others-Hospitalized--After-HPV-Vaccine-21325.aspx
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@Foxxee (3654)
• United States
4 Jul 07
I havn't heard anything bad about this until now. Thanks for the info. Although I know there are young girls that have also had the vaccine and are doing fine. So who knows what is to come of it.
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@pyewacket (43962)
• United States
4 Jul 07
Well I think it's important for people to know the potential risks involved
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@gabs8513 (48803)
• United Kingdom
4 Jul 07
I have never heard of this Injection but I am glad I haven't that is so terrible I hope they will stop giving them now if that is what they do
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@pyewacket (43962)
• United States
4 Jul 07
I hope they do more research into it..doesn't seem like they did
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@emeraldisle (13158)
• United States
5 Jul 07
I've been reading a lot about this since it came out and I didn't like the sound of it from the beginning when they were trying to make it mandatory. I went to the manufacturer's site for information on the studies done on side effects. The study was for over 4 years and it included just over 20,000 women. Only 1/2 of the women got the Gardasil, the other half got a placebo and all the women were between the ages of 16 to 26. Now thinking on this they tested it on post pubescent girls and yet they wanted it mandatory for girls who were 12, prepubescent. So many changes happen in those four years from 12 to 16 in the body and that has to play a part in it. Let alone that the study was not done long enough to determine if there are life altering effects. They haven't thoroughly checked it with different age groups or races. All this for something that only causes one form of cancer and even then only fraction of the time. I cannot see making it mandatory. Add to that, after checking with the manufacturer, many could be allergic to one of the ingredients of the vaccine. If you go to the manufacturer's page it states if you are allergic to any part not to take it. What are the ingredients (taken from http://www.merck.com/product/usa/pi_circulars/g/gardasil/gardasil_ppi.pdf): The main ingredients are purified inactive proteins that come from HPV Types 6, 11, 16, and 18. It also contains amorphous aluminum hydroxyphosphate sulfate, sodium chloride, L-histidine, polysorbate 80, sodium borate, and water for injection. Now I'm allergic to anything with the letters sulf in them which include sulfate. So I can't take it but I wonder how many people are not going to know to check for that in there. Personally I think it should stay in the testing phase and when more is know about it allow it on an optional basis but not mandatory at all.
@pyewacket (43962)
• United States
5 Jul 07
Wow thanks emeraldisle!! You really did your research on this...How true that is...some people might not even KNOW if they are allergic to something..they should at least be aware of all the ingredients involved just in case there is something that could trigger off a bad alergic reaction
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@emeraldisle (13158)
• United States
5 Jul 07
When I first heard about it I started checking it out and I didn't like what I was seeing. My niece just turned 13 so I wanted to know before they started to say she had to have it. I feel the more we know the better we are. I've just seen way too many medications come out only to be recalled due to the dangers in them. Thanks for giving me best response :) I appreciate it.
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• United States
5 Jul 07
That really sucks! Those girls must have been allergic to something in it or something though. I think I'd willingly put up with (or submit my daughter to) a headache, nausea, or dizziness to prevent HPV and cervical cancer. I think that is a fair trade off. But I do think they need to figure out what's causing the deaths. And I'm not sure about the infertility. How can one be so sure it was the vaccine that causes it or if it was already there unless they already had babies before. I looked at that article but it gave no information about the three girls deaths. I was really interested in that part. With all vaccines - especially new vaccines - you should way the pros and the cons.
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@pyewacket (43962)
• United States
5 Jul 07
I think they definitely need to do more testing...and who knows what long term effects it will have that might not show up years from now?
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• United States
6 Jul 07
I agree more testing... And you're right you never know might show up later.
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@rosie_123 (6118)
4 Jul 07
Thanks for bringing this to our attention. The vaccine is just beginning to be commonly used here in the UK too. I guess overall it is a good idea, if it will protect young girls from the very real dangers of cancer in later life, - but these side effects are scary, and we haven't heard about them much here yet. Thanks again.
@pyewacket (43962)
• United States
4 Jul 07
Well you start reading the side effects of most medications and you don't want to take anything..read my response to AmbiePam...and my doc wanting to give me Celebrex
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@beaniegdi (1966)
4 Jul 07
It would be great if they can make a vaccine that works to protect girls from developing cancer in later life. I hope they can make it safer as it will be a big step in improving womens health.
@pyewacket (43962)
• United States
4 Jul 07
It seems however, a lot of medications/vaccines, etc geared toward women's health are dangerous in some way or another
@Riptide (2762)
• United States
25 Oct 07
I think vaccines in general are very risky. Some of them are very neccesary though this I admit. This vaccine is not one of them I think though. The risk seems to be too high and it hasn't been out long enough yet to see what long lasting side effects it might have. I think the decision needs to be left up to the individual and the vaccine should not be allowed to be given to girls under 18, that way they can make up their own mind if they want it. The risks need to be fully explained for people to make the right choice. In Germany vaccines are mandatory and they even go around in the schools to hand out vaccines. German measels vaccines are mandatory for all girls because that disease can cause birth defects. I think those decisions need to be left up to the parents,especially with all the new findings about how vaccines can cause autism in children.
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@Katlady2 (9925)
• United States
6 Jul 07
Somehow I knew something like this was going to happen. They are messing with the reproductive systems of young girls with this medication. This is another example of not enough testing being done for a long enough period of time to thoroughly evaluate the product for any of the possible negative effects. This is just too scary, and I am glad I didn't decide to let my daughter get the shots. Thank you for sharing this hon.
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