The Legal Examiner Mark The Legal Examiner Mark The Legal Examiner Mark search twitter facebook feed linkedin instagram google-plus avvo phone envelope checkmark mail-reply spinner error close
Skip to main content






If you are considering vaccinating your daughter with the increasingly popular Merck vaccine Gardasil, designed to protect against cervical cancer by preventing the sexually transmitted virus HPV, consider the following first:

Merck’s marketing for this vaccine has been one of the most aggressive in pharmaceutical marketing history, targeting not only the consumer population but doctors, researchers and even politicians. For the overwhelming success of its Gardasil campaign, Merck took home all of the 2008 Pharmaceutical Advertising and Marketing Excellence awards, and Pharmaceutical Executive Magazine named Gardasil its Brand of the Year.

The FDA was suspiciously eager to approve and recommend Gardasil. Unlike other vaccines, which usually take three years to be FDA-approved after the conclusion of clinical testing, Gardasil sped through the system in a mere six months. With similar alacrity, only a few weeks after FDA approval, the CDC recommended Gardasil for universal use among girls. Typically, it takes vaccines from 5 to 10 years to achieve this kind of universal status.

Typically, the grace period between the time a vaccine enters the market and the time it is universally adopted allows for adverse reactions, side-effects and other problems to be found before they have an impact on a huge population. Gardasil has not had this grace period. As of June 1, 2009, 25 million doses of the vaccine have been distributed in the United States. As of this date, there have also been 14,072 official reports of adverse events occurring after Gardasil vaccination in the United States. Ninety three percent were not serious, and ranged from arm pain to fainting, but seven percent were extremely serious, and included paralysis, blood clots, and more than 40 deaths (26 of which have been confirmed).

The worst reactions, as well as any and all long-term complications, may be still to come. Because the duration of Gardasil clinical trials was only five years, it is also not clear how long the vaccine offers protection against some strains of HPV. (It only offers 70% protection against HPV at full strength to begin with.) Some of Merck’s own clinical trials suggested that HPV protection wears off in some girls as early as three years after receiving Gardasil…which will probably translate into the need for girls and women to get booster shots every few years, ad infinitum.

The available information on this vaccine’s adverse effects strongly suggests that the FDA and CDC need to curb this frightening Gardasil free-for-all and re-evaluate its safety, both in the short term and in the long term.

Readers, if you have had any personal experiences with Gardasil’s negative effects, please share them here! People have to know about this vaccine’s risks before exposing their children to it.

12 Comments

  1. Gravatar for Laurie

    My daughter was given the Gardasil vaccine on June 9, 2009. I specifically asked the doctor if it had any side effects because my daughter is prone to adverse reactions...she ASSURED me that the ONLY possible reaction was rash or redness at the injection site. "This vaccine is VERY safe."

    were her exact words. Within 30 minutes of the shot, Ashlee began feeling ill. She began running fever by that night with severe muscle aches, headache, vomiting, diahrrea, numbness in her shoulder and dizziness. I phoned the doctor the next day and asked again if the vaccine could be what was making her sick, again she said that it was not possible and that she probably picked up a bug in the office. Since that dreadful day, my daughter has had a lot of the symptoms subside. But she was later diagnosed with PID, (pelvic inflammatory disease) which is normally caused from a sexually transmitted disease, and she was tested negative for those 3 times. She also suffers from brain fog, gastrointestional disorders and she vomits after almost every meal! When she goes an entire day of not vomiting, we celebrate!! She has had several ER visits, been hosptialized, undergone every test, blood work and procedure known to the medical field, and like all the other Gardasil victims, all show that everything is 'normal'! Vomiting after every meal is not normal folks. I praise God every day that there was information on the WEB about Gardasil because I stopped the other two injections.(making her doctor very mad!) I just wish that I would have not believed the doctor and told her that I would check into it before I agreed to the first shot of hidden poisons. Her vibrant life of cheer leading, soccer, running or just hanging with friends has changed. As a mother, that is supposed to protect my daughter, it literally tears my heart out of my chest when she asks me when she will get better...and I don't have the answer! I have met other victims with the same symptoms...they are in their second year. I won't even tell her that. We now live day to day with hands that pray. PLEASE, investigate before you vaccinate!!! It's not worth the risk, it's not worth the risk, listen, IT IS NOT WORTH THE RISK!!!!!!!!

  2. Gravatar for karen a haack

    Shortly after the gardasil vaccine my daughter developed peripheral neuropathy in both feet. She has migraines up to 5 times a week. Sometimes the migraines cause her to faint and lose the ability to use her legs. If the FDA and CDC think migraine headaches are not serious then they have some rethinking to do. Migraines are disableling and can leave her unable to function for days. There is no history of migraines in our family. She has had cat scans, mri's EKGs, Every test imaginable. Nothing helps her constant pain. She has not had a period since her first shot. This vaccine has totally altered our lives. I would not wish this on anyone. To watch your child suffer daily from an unproven unnecessary vaccine. Will she be able to graduate? Have children? Sometimes I have layed with her when she was so ill and couldn't breath to make sure she didn't die in her sleep. What kind of life is this. Sign us One Less Healthy Child.

  3. Gravatar for Mike Ferrara

    Karen, Rosemary and Laurie: Thank you for sharing your stories. My bride of 39 years and I have three daughters. Fortunately, this poison wasn't on the market so we didn't have to make a choice on it. I understand there is a group of parents who are all connected online, so there is strength in numbers. Merck and other vaccine manufacturers, in the name of tort reform, have special vaccine courts that deal with these issues. You may remember the case of Wyeth v. Levine where the drug manufacturers wanted the U.S. Supreme Court to rule that if a drug was approved by the FDA you couldn't sue. Thank God, the Supreme Court sided with the consumers on that one. But the drug companies are big and powerful and have a ton of money and a ton of lobbyists. All of us at Injury Board will help you all any way we can. Best wishes and prayers for your daughters. Cordially, Mike Ferrara

  4. Gravatar for Freda Birrell

    Mr Ferrara, we are also an international group of women fighting to bring the dangers of both Gardasil and Cervarix to the attention of our governments. I live in Scotland and with friends in the rest of the UK and across Europe we are trying to get an investigation into Cervarix as it is harming and making our young people ill as well. I know many of the moms whose daughters have either died or been badly injured by Gardasil. In such a great country like America why wont your government officials listen to these lovely people? Why do they not appear to care? Gardasil and Cervarix are poisoning our future generation and goodness knows what long term harm will be discovered in the years ahead.

  5. Gravatar for Denise Melton

    “ONE LESS” has been mentioned by one of the writers. Our family is also “ONE LESS”. Jessie had all three shots of Gardasil. After the second shot she and her mother notices the headaches, Muscle aches, and fatigue. Jessie was taken to the doctor that gave her the Gardasil. The doctor said it was just stress. Jessie was a cheerleader; a member of the National Honor Society, Played many sports and was practicing for softball, which was about to start.

    Jessie went with her mother on February 20, 2008 for the third shot of Gardasil. The next night she told her mother that the headache was back and went to bed. Her mother went to work early the next day and upon returning home from work found Jessie dead. She had been dead for several hours. The medical examiner said, “She was dead before she hit the floor”. Still he could find no cause for her death.

    Gardasil was typed into the computer and the nightmares that came up were shocking. We have been in contact with several families that have also lost their daughters to the vaccine that was to protect them. If we had only known that there were other side effects other than the few that were listed by Merck. Jessie would NEVER have received this wonder vaccine that is killing and maiming our girls.

    Since Jessie’s death we have been researching and cannot believe that the FDA and the CDC have not pulled this product off the market. There are so many unanswered questions. The GRAY ZONES of risk were mentioned. They are calling all of the deaths (48 plus) just in the U.S. that we know of, sheer coincidences. There have been 15,000 adverse reactions also reported just in the U.S. Statistics show that only 1%-10% is ever reported to VAERS, which is a very small percentage. Many families do not know to report the reactions or how to report them. It is not mandatory for doctors to report the adverse reactions so many doctors do not report them.

    Should I go on? YES!!!

    Gardasil trials by Merck brought many new medical conditions to many of the girls and women that were being used for the studies. This information is found on the FDA web site dated September 11, 2008. If you would like to look at it the information is on page 132 table 73 titled “New Medical Conditions.

    HPV is a virus that the body can fight off over a period of time. The virus COULD cause cervical cancer, NOT WOULD cause cancer. In the U.S. cervical cancer is on the decline with the Pap test and other forms of detection. We do not have an epidemic of cervical cancer so why is Merck pushing to have every girl vaccinated. YOU GUESSED IT!!!! The answer is MONEY. Merck lost a lot of money with the drug VIOX. This drug was also killing people and had to be removed from the market. This is why my family and many others are fighting so hard to remove gardasil from the market. We do not want other families to suffer the loss of a child or have a daughter that is unable to function a normal life because of something that was suppose to keep her safe.

    Please do not have your daughter vaccinated without researching Gardasil

    A grandmother who knows.

  6. Gravatar for Roxie F

    oUR DAUGHER HAS BEEN STRUGGLING WITH SEVERE HEALTH ISSUES SINCE RECEIVING 2 OF THE THREE SHOTS FROM GARDASIL. SHE APPEARS TO BE SUFFERING WITH RECURRING TRANSVERSE MYELITIS, BUT WE CAN'T FIND NEUROLOGIST WHO WILL THINK OUTSIDE THE BOX - IT CERTAINLY CAN'T BE THE GARDASIL!!! NOW OUR DAUGHTER'S FAMILY DOCTOR WHO PROMISED TO HELP HER HAS BEEN DISTANCING HIMSELF FROM HER. SHE FEELS BETRAYED SINCE HE DIAGNOSED HER WITH GARDASIL ADVERSE REACTION! THIS DANGEROUS STRUGGLE HAS BEEN GOING ON FOR OVER 2 YEARS.

  7. Gravatar for Penny Lane

    You should all write to the New York Times and Washington Post and tell them what happened and depend your government get involved. I am positive 60 Minutes will be interested. Good luck to you all.

  8. Gravatar for Elmo

    The NY Times has an interesting article today (Sept 28,2009) on shots and the aftereffects often attributed to them. Apparently it is very easy to find correlations between getting vaccinations (of any type) and subsequent ill-effects. It is much more difficult to find a causal connection because, after all, people die every day, are diagnosed with cancer every day, etc.

    http://www.nytimes.com/2009/09/28/health/policy/28vaccine.html?hp

  9. Gravatar for Carlie

    I was a normal sixteen year old teenage girl until I received the Gardasil vaccine. Just a little over two months after getting the third shot I suffered my first seizure and was diagnosed with Benign Occipital Epilepsy for Children. Keep in mind, I was SIXTEEN! Not 4 or 5 like the definition of that type of epilepsy states. Less than a month later, on March 8th, 2007, my right arm became paralyzed from the shoulder down. At first it was just weak, and then it just stopped working. I could feel nothing, but extreme pains in my bones. Imagine how scary that was... I didn't know what to think. At first the doctors thought I may have been suffering from a stroke. But after all the tests, they could find nothing wrong. I bet you could name any test in the book and they have preformed it on me. But guess what, they all come back "NORMAL"! It's been almost two years now. It's such a struggle every day. I have also developed major body pains. I'm not just talking about an ache here or there. But it is debilitating. When I get one of these pains they can last anywhere from 30 seconds to 15 minutes, and they are in the bone. When I have an "episode" I cannot move because of the pain and it makes me cry. Gardasil has changed my life. I played softball since I was four, I was right handed, I missed so much schooling. But now I go to San Francisco State University as a Freshman. I am trying to become a Nurse Practitioner. This experience has made me grow up in a sense. But I wish I had the chance to be a "normal teenager". I am in the process of looking for a lawyer, if anyone has any information that they could help me out with or if you just need to talk to someone going to the same thing please don't hesitate to send an e-mail my way. ccrowell@sfsu.edu

    >>>And please, any ones parents who are contemplating having their daughter receive the shot.. PLEASE DON'T DO IT. You don't want to have them go through the pain like me and many others have. And I'm positive you don't want to go through the same pain my parents went through not knowing if I was going to live or die.<<

  10. Gravatar for Facebook User

    My daughter had two of the three guardasil vaccines. After the second (in may, 09), she began experiencing troubling symptoms. She vomits everytime she eats. This usually occurs 2-4hrs after she eats. She has had all kinds of tests including an endoscopy, upper GI and Digestive emptying Study. All of which have come back "normal." It is not "normal" to vomit everytime you eat!!!! She hurts all the time, pain in her back and left arm. No respitory problems so far (thank goodness!). I don't know what to do to help her.

Comments are closed.

Of Interest