Gardasil is a vaccine against human papillomavirus (HPV), a sexually-transmitted disease that can cause cancer and genital warts. Although the risk of side effects from Gardasil is low, they can be extremely serious or even deadly. At least 69 people who were injured have filed Gardasil lawsuits and received compensation.
What is Gardasil?
Gardasil is a vaccine against human papillomavirus (HPV) that was developed by Merck & Co. and approved in 2006. Gardasil protects against HPV types 6, 11, 16, and 18, which cause 70% of HPV infections every year. HPV is a sexually-transmitted disease that can cause genital warts and cancers of the vagina, cervix, vulva, penis, anus, and oropharynx (throat).
Gardasil Linked to 32 Deaths, 12,400 Reports of Side Effects
The Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System (VAERS) received 32 reports of death and 12,424 adverse event reports associated with Gardasil between June 1, 2006 through December 31, 2008, according to a study published by the Journal of the American Medical Association in August 2009. Researchers estimate that 6.2% of Gardasil side effects are serious, and there are approximately 54 adverse events for every 100,000 doses of Gardasil dispensed in males and females.
Common Side Effects of Gardasil
- Local skin reactions (pain, redness, swelling)
Severe Side Effects of Gardasil
- Anaphylaxis or other severe allergic reaction
- Inflammation of the pancreas (acute pancreatitis)
- Inflammation of the spinal cord (transverse myelitis)
- Neurological disease
- Motor neuron disease
- Blood clots (venous thrombosis)
- Blood clot in the lungs (pulmonary embolism)
- Guillain-Barré Syndrome
- Miscarriage (Gardasil is contraindicated in pregnant women)
- And more