Dallas, Texas (WiredPRNews.com) — Gardasil, a vaccine that has been designed for the prevention of cervical cancer, has come under scrutiny amidst a large number of complaints against it. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported that the FDA approved this vaccine two years ago and since then, there has been 7,802 reports of adverse effects due to the vaccine.
Women and girls have attributed their symptoms of discomfort and worse the vaccine complaining that the vaccine caused ailments like nausea, paralysis. In some grave cases, the Gardasil vaccine even caused death. The FDA intercepted reports of 15 deaths out of which 10 were verified but according to the CDC, none of the ten deaths were connected with the vaccine. The CDC has said that investigations are ongoing regarding the illness reports.
Gardasil is used to prevent the spread of HPV or human papillomavirus which is a sexually spread virus and is responsible for causing cervical cancer among women and girls. The manufacturer of the vaccine, Merck and Co. Inc., says that over 26 million vaccines of Gardasil have been distributed worldwide with 15 million in the U.S. alone. It has been estimated that since June 2006, 8 million women have received the vaccine in the U.S.
A 14-year old girl from Broken Bow of Oklahoma, Jesalee Parsons, got the vaccine in 2007 and immediately felt pain and developed fever. The following day, she complained of pain in her abdomen and chest. Since that incident, the family of the girl took the case to the court citing that this vaccine made her sick. Laura Parsons, the girl’s mother, said that her daughter had been admitted to the hospital for weeks and had to undergo two surgeries as she developed pancreatitis. She says that the government should have further studied the vaccine before approving it.
According to the Merck, it can be a coincidence that the girl became ill after being vaccinated. The company also said that it is going to evaluate the reports of unfavorable reactions in people being vaccinated.
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