OCTOBER 01, 2008
Ignoring its own Centers for Disease Control immunization expert, the government is forcing girls seeking U.S. residency to get a controversial cervical cancer vaccine that has been linked to 21 deaths and nearly 10,000 adverse reactions.
The Department of U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services has added Gardasil to its list of vaccines required by legal immigrants to obtain residency, even though the physician who chairs the CDC’s immunization committee opposes it. Girls and young women who have received the vaccine, manufactured by pharmaceutical giant Merck, have suffered life-threatening effects including paralysis, severe circulatory problems and seizures. Others have died.
Judicial Watch has obtained the alarming government statistics documenting Gardasil’s serious side effects nationwide and published a lengthy report outlining the crisis associated with the vaccine, a top seller that has generated more than $1 billion in revenue for Merck.
The new immigration requirement is sure to further boost the company’s earnings, even though it makes no sense to mandate it to get a coveted U.S. Green Card. Among the 14 required vaccines, Gardasil is the only one that doesn’t combat highly contagious, infectious diseases (like measles and chicken pox) that are transmitted by respiratory route.
The strains of cervical cancer caused by the Human Papillomavirus (HPV) that Gardasil claims to prevent, can only be communicated by sexual contact and therefore don’t represent a danger to children or the general population. That is why Merck’s aggressive advertising and lobbying campaign to make it mandatory for school-aged girls ultimately failed. Evidently, the feds bought into it.
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