Warning, Gardasil may cause increased risk of cervical cancer

New York health advocates are warning about the possible dangers inherent in Gardasil. Studies appear to be showing vaccination with Gardasil may increase the risk of cancer.

Gardasil, a prophylactic HPV vaccine does not block each of the HPV types which can cause cervical cancer, and the vaccine should not be thought of as a substitute for regular Pap smears.

Rick Perry, then governor of Texas, wrote an Executive Order adding Gardasil to the state’s mandated vaccine list. The Texas legislature overturned the Executive Order, but lobbying efforts by Merck resulted in making vaccinations with Gardasil mandatory for school attendance.

The manufacturer reported to the FDA medical determinations that if a person is previously exposed to HP 16 or 18 before getting a Gardasil vaccine, the risk of precancerous lesions is increased by over 44%.

The documentation, presented on May 18, 2006, has not been advertised by Merck, the maker of Gardasil. The FDA did not recommend screening to HPV before vaccination. The FDA also fell short by not requiring a warning to be included in the medical insert accompanying the vaccine.

Merck’s research is not showing that Gardasil might provide cross-protection against strains of HPV closely related to 16 & 18. Prior exposure to additional strains might pose a higher risk for cervical cancer as well.

With the FDA ignoring Merck’s literature, government officials have not been informed of potential dangers. Instead, government health regulators have been told HPV is the most frequently sexually transmitted virus and must be eradicated. Lobbyists have been busy working to convince legislators that the Gardasil vaccine should be mandatory.

Health advocates are encouraging consumers to become knowledgeable and protect themselves. Any one suspecting they have been exposed to HPV should ask their physician to screen for HPV before getting the Gardasil vaccine.

Gardasil vaccination is given in three inoculations spread over six months. In some nations, it is given as two injections with at least six-months between. Inoculation overseas normally occurs in children between 9 and 13-years old.

The shots are reportedly more painful than other common vaccines. Merck says this is due to the virus-like particles contained in the vaccine. Other side effects might include joint pain and muscular pain, fatigue, and physical weakness.

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