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Children At Risk: Gardasil Vaccines

India has suspended the use of HPV Gardasil vaccines due to deaths

Christina England
April 11, 2010

It seems that the HPV vaccine Gardasil manufactured by Merck, has been in the spotlight again this week, as the news pours in that the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) has decided to immediately suspend it’s cervical cancer control vaccination programme for girls. The action was taken after 4 girls died and 120 were injured after receiving the vaccine.

DNA India report

“The programme is part of a two-year study to look into the utility of a vaccine in public health programmes and acceptability of Gardasil, the human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine made by Merck. Gardasil, available in medical stores across the country, is marketed in India by MSD Pharmaceuticals Pvt Ltd.

The programme was marred by controversy after four deaths and complications among 120 girls were reported after vaccination. The girls complained of stomach disorders, epilepsy, headaches and early menarche. Women activists fear the vaccine may impact the mental health of girls who have shown no signs of distress so far.”

This news comes as no surprise to the many USA girls and their distraught parents who have been reporting these side effects for four years now. So far in the USA there have been 17781 adverse reactions and 66 deaths reported to VAERS and yet still this vaccine is being marketed.

One report brought my attention to the fact that the lesser figure of 52 deaths were attributed to unintended acceleration in Toyotas, which triggered a $2 billion recall and yet 66 deaths in the USA and a reported 17781 adverse reactions does not even make Merck or the USA Government feel a little uncomfortable. It just goes to show that Toyota have more scruples than the USA Government and Merck put ogether.

In fact many companies have more of a conscience when it comes down to the safety and protection of the public than the USA Government and Merck.

In November 2009 Maclaren recalled one million pushchairs due to a dozen children having their fingertips cut off. It was interesting to read that the US Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) advised parents in America to stop using them immediately

Sky News reported:-

“There have been 15 cases of children placing their finger in the hinges “resulting in 12 reports of fingertip amputations”, a joint statement from the firm and the CPSC said.

A Maclaren spokesman added: “Consistent with our unwavering commitment to child safety we are providing US consumers notice of a voluntary recall of all Maclaren umbrella strollers sold in the US.

In co-operation with the US CPSC, we are providing free of charge to all affected consumers and retailers a kit to cover the stroller’s hinge mechanism, which poses a fingertip amputation and laceration hazard to the child when the consumer is unfolding/opening the stroller.

The voluntary recall is to alert the operator when opening or closing the stroller of the possible risk of injury.

Safety is our first priority and through this voluntary effort we urge consumers to contact us immediately to obtain the kit which consists of hinge covers designed specifically to fit all Maclaren strollers.”

Another company concerned with children’s safety is Fisher Price. In 2007 Fisher Price recalled the Sesame Street, Dora the Explorer, and other children’s toys due to the fact that the surface paints on the toys ‘could’ contain excessive levels of lead.

In the case of Fisher Price, no children were injured. Again this recall was in league with the CPSC to ensure the safety of children.

So where is the CPSC in the sale of Gardasil? The safety of our children is being put at risk with this vaccine. So far we have reports of the following numbers of adverse reactions.

USA 17781

Australia figures from 2009 stated 1476

Germany the figure 1000 from a while ago

Denmark 114

India 120

Spain more than 580

These are the figures without the countless number of deaths worldwide. So why is it then that India is the only Government brave enough to suspend the HPV vaccination programme?

Child Health Safety say

“India has suspended the cervical cancer vaccine programme after 4 girls died in India and amid allegations of exploitation of participants and violation of ethical guidelines during the earlier “clinical trials” of the HPV vaccine according to a front page story in India´s newspaper, The Hindu and widely reported in other media: Centre halts HPV vaccine project Aarti Dhar Thursday 8th April 2010.

The HPV vaccine has been associated with serious adverse effects with high levels of reported adverse reactions.  Death and debilitating illness have been claimed but officials do not acknowledge an association:”

Child Health Safety carry on –

“The drive for mass vaccination programmes internationally is the result of the drug industry´s changing business plans from the failing blockbuster patented drug model to hugely lucrative mass multiple vaccinations for the world´s 6.5 billion people.  But those who raise valid public and child health  safety concerns are routinely ´label libelled´ as ´anti-vaccine´, ridiculed and in the case of some medical professionals, hounded out of their jobs.”

This is very true of course, any professional speaking out against vaccines does seem to be hounded out of their jobs, Andrew Wakefield being the latest victim. Listen to his recent interview with Dr Mercola for the full account of what happened to him. Why Medical Authorities Went to Such Extremes to Silence Dr. Andrew Wakefield from the man himself.

As the news of the six little women who gave a presentation to the FDA outlining their fears, continues to spread worldwide, I suggest that the next step parents should take if the Government and Merck will not take notice of their concerns, is that every mother of every injured child in the USA writes to the CPSC after all they do say “Report an Unsafe Product – Report an incident with a product that caused an injury. Medical Professionals and Fire/Police Investigators: file MECAP, incident reports.” and they do seem to have more ability to recall consumer products in the USA than the FDA and certainly more of a conscience than the Government and Merck put together.



Christina England

I am a UK journalist studying for an HND in journalism. I am also a member of ICAP International Coalition of Advocates for the People

I have an interest in Human Right issues, especially the rights of the disabled and the elderly.

Currently I am exploring vaccines and the adverse reactions that they can and do cause, particularly Autism, ADHD and other neurological and physical disorders. I believe that all parents have the right to the information often hidden by the pharmaceutical industries about what vaccines contain and their often devastating side effects. It’s only when a parent has the full facts that they can make a fully informed choice as to whether to have their child vaccinated or not. Parents also need to know that there are other choices open to them like single vaccines, mercury free vaccines, homeopathic vaccines and diets to boost the immune system to promote good healthy living.

Our children must not become human pin cushions or profit making machines , they are precious and they are ours..It seems odd that in this current recession the drug companies grow richer as our children become sicker.

Christina England

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