Skip to comments.Erin Brockovich: Gardasil (the case against Merck's HPV vaccine)
Posted on 08/07/2008 7:13:47 AM PDT by weegee
We have been spending our days getting all our ducks armed for bear and in a row--all of our anti-Gardasil ducks, that is. From checking my various areas on the internet, to finding moderators to listening to the tragic and painful stories of victims of the Gardasil vaccine, it has been a very busy time for me and my team.
Gardasil, as you should know by now, is an HPV vaccine sold by Merc, a vaccine with a flawed marketing campaign targeting young girls. The premise is that the vaccine will protect young girls from cervical cancer, as well as a couple of varieties of HPV. But the vaccine is NOT a cancer preventative, and it has not been thoroughly tested. Not only does Gardasil not protect everyone, it does not prevent all types of cervical cancer. According to current science, there are fifteen types of HPV associated with cervical cancer but Gardasil only counters HPV types 16 and 18. The vaccine requires three doses to start and scientists don't even know how frequently boosters will be needed. They don't know because they did not adequately research this before putting the vaccine out on the market using our young girls as guinea pigs.
Merc was even pushing to have this untried vaccine REQUIRED by states. Governer Perry of Texas--who bypassed the state legislation with an executive order--has ties to Merck. Mike Toomey, Perrys former chief of staff is one of the drug companys three lobbyists in Texas. The governor also received $6,000 from Mercks political action committee during his re-election campaign. "Merck is bankrolling efforts to pass state laws across the country mandating Gardasil for girls as young as 11 or 12." As a mother, should I have to sign a waver to protect my daughter from having a potentially dangerous vaccine forced on her?
What makes this vaccine so terrible? It's not just the fear that some parents have that administering a vaccine against stds to nine year olds will encourage sexual activity. The concern is based on much more concrete issues than that. 7195 of them, in fact.
The Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System (VAERS) now has 7195 individual adverse reactions listed--and as it is a database not everyone knows about, not all of the adverse reactions are being reported. The Centers for Disease Control report over 9,000 adverse reactions for Gardasil. There is a rising total of deaths connected with the administration of this vaccine; as well as have been reports of seizure activity, tingling, numbness and loss of sensation in the fingers and limbs. There is serious question about girls initially having short-term health problems associated with getting this vaccine that could turn into long-term neurological or immune system disorders; and there is serious question about administering this vaccine at the same time as others.
Gardasil is a vaccine developed by Merck to prevent Human Papilloma Virus (HPV). HPV is known to cause cervical cancer. Although Merck has claimed that Gardasil has no significant side effects, reports filed with the FDA suggest otherwise.
The FDA Vaccine Adverse Effect Reporting System has more than 8,000 incidents associated with Gardasil. The most serious complications reported include death and the development of blood clots.
If you or a loved suffered a serious adverse event, such as death, disability or blood clot following the administration of Gardasil, please contact me email@example.com. I will have one of our staff of experienced attorneys review your claim to advise you about your rights.
While I have reservations about Gardasil, I know that Erin Brockovich is just another scam artist.
You’ve got 28 bullets coming at you. Are you really better off if you can stop one of them?
Good article. Governor Perry managed to piss off a lot of Republicans and Conservatives in Texas when he tried to shove it down Texans’ throats, even after his ties to the company were already publicized.
She may or may not be, but Merck needs to have their dirty laundry aired. They’ve bought off a lot of politicians.
Actually, it is spelled "Merck".
If you are going to sue somebody for umpty-diddly dollars, the first step is to spell their name right.
But, but Hollyweird says she is a heroine. Beautiful too.
After all she “stood up” to a greedy, exploitative American corporation run by hateful, white Christian males.
And what, after all, is more important than that?
Is there a vaccine against hybridized metaphors?
Spell check is your friend. Fix Merc and waver; please.
Do you have any evidence which shows that anything said in this article is untrue?
I don’t understand how the FTC is even allowing this stuff to be marketed the way it is.
It is shown to prevent HPV (genetal warts) at least certain strains... and yes, genital warts can lead to cervical cancer, but not always.
So the logic is, prevent HPV, you prevent cancer, but that’s a secondary, not what the vaccine actually does, so its marketing campaign seems disingenuous from the get go.
Uh, I don’t think the religion of the PG&E executives had anything to do with them poisoning people and trying to cover it up.
I think that if a vaccine needs to be advertised on TV, then it's likely not a very good vaccine.
I couldn’t believe that she spelled it wrong, so I checked the link..and she did. I’m with you...if you’re going to sue the pants off of them, at least have the courtesy of spelling the name right.
Her posting had both spellings in it (Merck and Merc).
The enemy of my enemy is not my friend but I opposed the mandatory use of this vaccine. And I never heard why only the girls were getting it when guys get cancer from HPV too.
Also there will be women in this world who would not have the HPV vaccination and the guys would still be carriers.
I thought at the time that it had to be so that this vaccination could be tabled as a “women’s issue”.
Holy DES, Batman, why would anyone foist a drug on pre-pubsecent girls with no clue as to the reproductive impact even 10 years down the road.
Gov Perry is a disappointment just like his good friend Bush. Government Mandatory positions are not conservative way of thinking.
And of course, there are even worse things girls can get from unprotected intercourse. I worry about these things that give kids a false sense of security. I remember the looks on some of my students’ faces when I told them that birth control pills did not protect them from STDs.
Nothing quite like starting off your rant by butchering metaphors.
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