Girls who believe they have been harmed by Merck’s human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine and their families shouldn’t have to feel alone when dealing with the devastating effects many people believe the drug can have, thanks to an international outreach of volunteers who can help answer questions and provide emotional support.
The Guardian Angels, a support group encompassing 23 states and eight countries (including the United States), is made up of 42 volunteers who share knowledge and even personal — in some cases tragic — experience with the Gardasil vaccine.
“We would eventually like to have a Guardian Angel in every state, and every country across the globe, especially as more and more people realize that they or their loved one is ill, due to a reaction from the Gardasil vaccine,” says TruthAboutGardasil.org, which established the support group.
Moral support for girls (and in some cases boys) and their families harmed by the Gardasil vaccine is vital, especially in a time when the pharmaceutical lobby has the power to influence our nation’s legislators, our regulatory agencies, national media, and even public opinion. Last week, in a significant win for Merck, the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) officially included Gardasil® on its list of recommended vaccines for boys. The move was made despite independent studies and credible experts warning that Gardasil’s risks far outweigh its benefits.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), approximately 40 million doses of Gardasil® have been distributed in the U.S. since 2006. Since then, the national Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System (VAERS) has received more than 20,000 reports of adverse events following Gardasil® vaccinations, including about 600 reports from males who received the shots. Eight percent of the reports involved serious reactions, such as permanent disability, blood clots, seizures, life-threatening illness, and death.
Seventy-one deaths after receiving a Gardasil vaccination have been reported to VAERS, with nearly 30 of those occurring in the 12-month period between September 2010 and September 2011. Females accounted for the vast majority of the deaths, but at least three males died after receiving the vaccine.
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