The drug Gardasil--a vaccine from Merck & Co. Inc. manufactured to inoculate women against HPV and cervical cancer--is possibly killing women instead.
According to the U.S. Center for Disease Control (CDC) website, the CDC's Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System (VAERS) "is a national program of CDC and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) that monitors the safety of vaccines after they are licensed." This department has received 7,802 complaints about adverse effects resulting from Gardasil.
Of these complaints, the CDC website maintains that only 7% were complaints of serious adverse side effects, defined "by the Code of Federal Regulations as adverse events involving hospitalization, death, permanent disability, and life-threatening illness."
Oh, well, never mind, only 7% . . . but wait a minute, 7% of 7,802 is 546! 546 women who were maybe hospitalized, permanently disabled, or killed as a result of this drug! That seems like kind of a lot, though according to the CDC website, 12 million women received this vaccine between 2006 and 2007. 546 out of 12 million might be statistically a very small percentage, but it still seems to me like too many, so I want to know more.
The CDC's website offers that it received 15 reports of death and 31 reports of something called Guillain-Barré Syndrome (GBS), "a severe neurological disorder [that] causes increasing weakness in the legs and arms that can be severe and require hospitalization" (Citation). Okay, that's 46 reports that we know about now; so what were those other 500 out of 546 serious adverse side effects complaints about? Hm, no mention of those anywhere on the CDC's site.
Merck's website says, "Merck has analyzed the adverse events reported for GARDASIL relating to the recent reports of death and paralysis, and based on the data available to Merck, believes that no safety issue related to the vaccine has been identified." Well, are they looking at the same totally meaningless and spotty data as I am on this CDC website? If they have a better report, why can't I see it? Upon further digging, I find what the VAERS website calls "reporting data." Ah, excellent!
So I open up this little gem, and guess what? There is absolutely no statistical integrity in this document whatsoever. Look at it! It's a single-columned mess! (UPDATE: Someone below alerted me to the fact that the commas were separating the columns, but after separating the columns out, my faith is not any more boosted in the data; see comments below.) This particular spreadsheet is all vaccine reports--not just reports for Gardasil--from 2007. Hey math folk out there; how would you like to get this document from your boss and be told to make sense of it? Imagine your boss handing you this, and saying, "Give me a report on the serious adverse side effects mentioned in this spreadsheet about Gardasil." Haha!
. . . except not so much haha, because presumably, that's what Merck did--some employee of Merck's company was handed the "reporting data" document by his/her boss and told, "Analyze this, and tell me if you think there's a safety issue with Gardasil." Apparently, the employees at Merck are so magical that s/he was able to do that, no problem, and now there's no reason to do any follow-up investigating, and we're all safe, and we should just shut up about it. I feel better already!!
So going back to the CDC website, they tell us, "VAERS received 15 reports of death following Gardasil vaccination in the U.S. Only 10 reports contained the level of information adequate for further analysis. After careful review of those reports we could not establish the causal relationship between vaccination and death. For the remaining 5 reports of death, we were unable to obtain any patient identifying information; therefore we could not confirm death outcomes."
O.K., "10 reports contained the level of information adequate for further analysis" and "the remaining 5 reports of death [. . .] were unable to [furnish] any patient identifying information; therefore [you] could not confirm death outcomes." WHAT?? So, in other words, "Five women died, and we couldn't locate 'em afterwards, so screw 'em." "The level of information adequate for further analysis" is apparently, what, a name and address?? The inability to "establish a causal relationship" is based on what now? Presumably, there are reports on those inquiries; where are they? Who performed these follow-up investigations? Where is their jumbled mishmash of totally useless data?
This whole thing stinks to high heavens. Follow this link if you or someone you know has experienced harm as a result of Gardasil.