Gardasil, manufactured by Merck, Inc., is promoted as the only cervical cancer vaccine that helps protect against four kinds of human papillomavirus (HPV), the virus said to cause cervical cancer. Gardasil is promoted as protection against types 6, 11, 16 and 18, which includes two types that cause 70 percent of cervical cancer cases, and two more types that cause 90 percent of genital warts cases.
Gardasil is marketed to be given to girls and young women as young as age 9, and up to age 26.
Since Gardasil’s introduction in 2006, the Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System (VAERS) has received more than 20,000 reports of adverse side effects reportedly related to Gardasil. These reports include serious adverse side effects including Guilliane Barre, lupus, seizures, rheumatoid arthritis, and multiple sclerosis, among others. There also have been 92 reporteddeaths among girls who received the Gardasil vaccine.
On Oct. 16, 2009, the FDA also granted approval to Merck to expand the use of Gardasil in the U.S. to treat boys and men ages 9-26 for the prevention of genital warts.
On October 25, 2009, Dr. Diane Harper, lead researcher in the development of two human papilloma virus (HPV) vaccines and director of the Gynecologic Cancer Prevention Research Group at the University of Missouri, told an audience of medical professionals that Gardasil is largely unnecessary, and that it has never been fully tested on females under the age of 15. This, despite strong marketing efforts to make the drug mandatory for girls, and product literature and advertising that state the product can be used by girls as young as age 9.
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