Side Effects after Teens Get Government-Backed HPV Vaccine

Despite life-threatening side effects exposed by Judicial Watch more than a decade ago the government keeps pushing a dangerous cervical and genital cancer vaccine for children and two recent legal cases help illustrate the ongoing risks. The vaccine is called Gardasil and in the last ten years Judicial Watch has uncovered troves of government records documenting its harmful side effects, though adverse event reports don’t necessarily mean a causal connection to the vaccines. The vaccine was scandalously fast-tracked by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and was ardently promoted by the Obama administration as a miracle shot that can prevent certain strains of cervical and genital cancer caused by the sexually transmitted Human Papillomavirus (HPV). Instead, it’s been linked to thousands of serious side effects, according to the government’s own daunting statistics. This includes thousands of cases of paralysis, convulsions, blindness, and dozens of deaths. Back in 2008, after receiving the first disturbing batch of records from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Judicial Watch published a special report detailing Gardasil’s approval process, side effects, safety concerns and marketing practices. Undoubtedly, it illustrates a large-scale public health experiment.

This is especially relevant today because the government refuses to make public adverse events caused by the heavily promoted COVID-19 vaccines, though reports of negative side effects have surfaced here and there. In August, Judicial Watch filed a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) for the records, but the agency has refused to provide the information and a few days ago Judicial Watch sued HHS in federal court for the documents, which should be public. Judicial Watch specifically requests all emails sent to and from members of the Vaccines and Related Biological Products Advisory Committee regarding adverse events, deaths and/or injuries caused by investigatory vaccines for the prevention or treatment of SARS-CoV-2 and/or COVID-19 currently produced by Pfizer/BioNTech, Moderna and/or Johnson & Johnson. The Vaccines and Related Biological Products Advisory Committee “reviews and evaluates data concerning the safety, effectiveness, and appropriate use of vaccines and related biological products which are intended for use in the prevention, treatment, or diagnosis of human diseases, and, as required, any other products for which the Food and Drug Administration has regulatory responsibility.”

If the Gardasil case is any indication, the government cannot be trusted. The vaccine, which is manufactured by pharmaceutical giant Merck, continues to be recommended by the CDC
for all boys and girls at ages 11-12 to protect against HPV-related infections and cancers. “There is one licensed HPV vaccine available in the United States [Gardasil],” the CDC writes, in its recommendation, which states that HPV is the most common sexually transmitted infection in the United States. Infections are so common, according to the CDC, that nearly all men and women will become infected, though “most infections are asymptomatic and become undetectable.” The agency adds that for the HPV vaccine to be most effective the series should begin prior to exposure. Under Obama, the shot was recommended for kids starting at age nine. The administration gave dozens of state and municipal health agencies tens of millions of dollars to boost the number of adolescents that get Gardasil. The campaign included targeting low-income and ethnic minority populations that receive “culturally sensitive” intervention in a variety of languages, including Spanish, Mandarin, Armenian and Korean. Nevertheless, years ago Judicial Watch obtained records from HHS revealing that its National Vaccine Injury Compensation Program (VICP) awarded nearly $6 million to dozens of victims in claims made against the very HPV vaccine it keeps pushing on children.

This month a pair of lawsuits filed against Merck in Georgia claim two healthy teenagers developed autoimmune disorders and other serious symptoms after receiving Gardasil. In the first complaint a 19-year-old woman claims that within a few days of getting the Gardasil vaccine at the age of 14, she sustained serious and debilitating injuries, including but not limited to autonomic, neurological and heterogenous autoimmune injuries. She dropped out of school and developed a rash and panic attacks, felt weak, had vision problems, and felt as if she was sedated. In the second complaint the parents of another girl claim their daughter experienced severe physical and mental responses after receiving the shot as a 13-year-old. That girl had persistent nausea and fatigue within weeks of getting the shot and was eventually diagnosed with an autoimmune disorder by a specialist at a renowned medical clinic.

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