Were you harmed by the HPV vaccine Gardasil?
Gardisil is a vaccine manufactured by Merck & Co. It is used to prevent the contraction of human papillomavirus (HPV) types 6, 11, 16 and 18. Certain types of HPV can cause cervical, anal, vulvar, vaginal and penile cancer. In less serious cases, HPV can lead to genital warts. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) actually encouraged vaccination for pre-adolescents and those who may become sexually active. The drug was approved in 2006 and by 2009, 40 million Gardasil doses had been distributed across the world. According to the FDA, this vaccine is considered to be safe and only results in minor side effects such as soreness and fainting.
According to the Journal of the American Medical Association, over 12,000 adverse events were reported as a result of this injection between 2006 to 2008. While most of these events were minor, some patients experienced venous thromboembolic events. If you experienced any lasting negative side effects after being injected with the HPV preventative vaccination Gardasil, know that Stern Law Group's Houston dangerous drugs attorneys are prepared to take on this type of case for victims.
Side Effects of Gardasil
Many medical researchers have questioned whether or not the benefits of Gardasil outweigh the risks. While HPV is the most common sexually transmitted infection, it is uncommon for the virus to be harmful. According to the study conducted by the Journal of the American Medical Association, "almost all HPV infections are cleared by the immune system." The benefit of Gardisil, at best, is uncertain.
- Minor side effects: Pain at injection site, syncope (fainting), fatigue and physical weakness
- Adverse, but not major side effects: Headaches, hypersensitivity reactions and urticarial
- Serious side effects: Venous thromboembolic events (such as pulmonary embolism) and death
Venous thromboembolic events occur at an approximate rate of 56 every 100,000 doses. 19 of these cases resulted in fatality due to pulmonary embolism. Death is rare, but can occur in one out of every million cases, statistically.
Victims: Call a Houston pharmaceutical injury lawyer today!
If you or someone you love has become a victim of one of the serious side effects of Gardisil, then do not hesitate to contact our firm today. Some suggest that even the marketing for this HPV injection was faulty, stating that Merck & Co. promoted Gardisil as a "guard against cervical cancer" while its primary function was a vaccine to prevent HPV viruses and STDs. Many parents, wanting to protect their children from cancer, may have had their children vaccinated. If you or your child suffered adversely from the injection, please call Stern Law Group today.