Gardasil Injuries & Overview
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Gardasil is a vaccine manufactured by the pharmaceutical company Merck and is used to prevent certain types of HPV infections. HPV is short for human papillomavirus. HPV is known to cause cervical, head and neck, vulvar, vaginal, penile and anal cancer. Prevention of the virus can lessen the vaccine recipient’s risk of developing one of these life-threatening cancers. It has been heavily marketed as a vaccine that girls and young women should be routinely given to prevent cervical cancer. Yet reports of harmful side effects and Gardasil injuries have clouded the vaccine’s reputation.
While a potentially life-saving vaccine for some, Gardasil’s benefits are not without controversy. Experts have warned that the drug has been greatly over-marketed to the parents and physicians of girls and young women and that the vaccine will do little if anything to reduce cervical cancer rates in the United States while raising concerns about the serious side effects associated with the vaccine.
Risks Outweigh Benefits
Dr. Diane Harper, director of the Gynecologic Cancer Prevention Research Group at the University of Missouri and lead researcher in the development of Gardasil, spoke at the 4th International Public Conference on Vaccination in Reston, Virginia, which was held from October 2-4, 2009. During her speech, Dr. Harper surprised many with her observation that the vaccine is likely to do little to prevent cervical cancer in the U.S. Dr. Harper, in an interview with CBS News last August (2009), also commented that young girls and their parents should receive warnings before getting the vaccine and should receive more information than what is currently being given about the risks associated with the vaccine for patients with certain conditions and the limited duration of the vaccine’s effectiveness.
While the benefits of Gardasil are in question, the side effects can be dangerous. Side effects can include fainting, seizures, dizziness, allergic reactions and blood clots, among others.
How to Get Help
If you or a loved one has suffered harm as a result of the use of Gardasil, seek legal help immediately to protect your rights. There is no fee and no other obligation, however, if you delay, you may lose your right to seek compensation for injuries caused by Gardasil due to state-imposed time limits for filing a lawsuit.
Check out the following articles for more information about Gardasil, filing a Gardasil lawsuit, and finding a Gardasil attorney.
- For more information about the serious Gardasil side effects, see Gardasil Side Effects.
- To learn more about warnings for Gardasil, see Gardasil: Information & Warnings.
- To learn more about Gardasil lawsuits, see Gardasil: Lawsuits, Litigation & Lawyers.
- To learn more about Gardasil attorneys, and how to find one, see Hiring a Gardasil Attorney & Lawyer.