Friday, June 4, 2010

Gardasil Victims Need People To Stop Listening And Start Acting: Now!

Gardasil Victims Need People To Stop Listening And Start Acting: Now!

A quick Google search for 'Gardasil victims' comes up with 499,000 results. The same search on Yahoo yields 318,001 hits. The shear volume of results lends creedence to the amount of adverse reactions not being reported to VAERS (vaccine adverse reporting system). The reported adverse reactions appear to be the tip of the iceberg.

Current estimates of adverse events reported to VAERS are between 1% and 10% of the actual reactions experienced. If this is the case, the 70 deaths reported to VAERS would become anywhere from 700 to 7,000. The 18,000 adverse reactions would increase to between 180,000 and 1.8 million. Are these estimates frightening? They should be!

March 12, 2010, the FDA held a 'listening session' with several representatives of the international organization which (TAG). Members of TAG presented their concerns about the serious adverse events reported after HPV vaccinations. Their presentation can be viewed here.

This group of advocates did not stop there. They also sent a package of information to the following people:

President Barrack Obama

First Lady Michelle Obama

Vice President Joe Biden

Dr. Jill Biden

Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton

Director of Health and Human Services, Kathleen Sebelius

White House Press Secretary, Robert Gibbs

Attorney General, Roy Cooper

Governors, Attorneys General, and elected representatives of California, Florida, Louisiana, Massachusetts, Missouri, North Carolina, New Mexico, Ohio, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Texas, Virginia, Washington, Maryland, New York, and Wisconsin. All of these states had constituents who were directly affected by adverse reactions.

The Vaccines and Related Biological Products Advisory Committee

One would think this would have been enough to obtain a response, but no. To date, the FDA has not formally responded to these concerns beyond the original 'listening session.' It has been almost 3 months. In fact, they went ahead and approved HPV vaccinations for males, despite the concerns expressed over the serious reactions occurring in females.

Merck is still claiming Gardasil is safe and effective in spite of the fact girls will still have to undergo annual screening for abnormal cervical cells.

The CDC is still supporting HPV vaccination in both girls/young women and boys/young men.

In addition to the list above, individual parents of affected children have personally contacted both the Commissioner and Deputy Commissioner of the FDA, along with their elected representatives.

One mother alone, sent letters to every Senator and every member of the House of Representatives. She sent 270 letters, and received one response. Congressman Charlie A. Wilson from Ohio answered her letter, sent information to the FDA, and promised to follow-up in a week.

A parent from Maine contacted all of her federal representatives, no response. A parent from Ohio contacted four Senators and her State Inspector General. Only the IG's office responded saying they had reviewed her information, but were unable to act on it.

Another mother from Ohio contacted all of her elected officials and received one response. It was from Congressman Charlie A. Wilson's office. Joy Donathan, Caseworker, sent a letter of concern to the FDA. and promised to follow up in a week.

Emily Tarsell and others testified before the Health Committee in Washington D.C. in April of this year. Committee Chairman, David Catania, was unable to respond to their testimony.

Rosemary Mathis and Marian Greene have personally sent well over 400 letters to various elected officials and people who are supposed to be in charge of protecting the health and welfare of people throughout the United States. They have received one response from Senator Richard Burr's office. He had his Health Director, Anna Abram, listen to their concerns and has promised to follow up with a personal meeting with North Carolina victims' parents as soon as possible.

This is by no means an exhaustive list of parents who have cried for help. Parents and victims throughout the United States have cried out for answers. These cries are being echoed around the world in virtually every country that has approved HPV vaccination programs. No one appears to be doing anything more than listening.

Where are the people who profess to protect others? Where are the consumer advocates? Where are the human rights activists? Where are the women's rights advocates? Where are the children's rights advocates? Where are our elected officials?

Since Gardasil was released worldwide sales have topped $1.5 billion. The estimated cost to families of adverse reactions is impossible to estimate. How many must be injured or die before we decide enough is enough?

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