AUGUST 23, 2013
The U.S. government is promoting a dangerous cervical cancer vaccine linked to thousands of adverse reactions, debilitating side effects and even death with a new video that outrageously claims side effects are limited to “dizziness and stomach aches.”
It’s part of the Obama administration’s full-throttle effort to push a controversial—and potentially deadly—cervical cancer vaccine known as Gardasil. The administration has worked hard to keep details involving the dangers of the vaccine secret as the government spends large sums of taxpayer dollars promoting it for girls and young women.
Judicial Watch has investigated this atrocity involving the profitable vaccine manufactured by pharmaceutical giant Merck and promoted as a miracle shot that can prevent certain strains of cervical cancer caused by Human Papillomavirus (HPV). The reality is that droves of government records uncovered by Judicial Watch show that Gardasil has been linked to thousands of adverse reactions and debilitating side effects that the government wants to keep secret.
They include seizures, blindness, paralysis, speech problems, pancreatitis, short-term memory loss and dozens of deaths. Incredibly, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) fast-tracked Gardasil’s approval and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) continues recommending it for girls starting at age 9. JW launched its probe in 2007 and had to sue for the records in the face of Obama administration stonewalling. In 2008 JW published a special report detailing Gardasil’s government approval process, side effects, safety concerns and marketing practices.
Earlier this year JW uncovered documents from the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) revealing that its National Vaccine Injury Compensation Program (VICP) has awarded nearly $6 million to dozens of victims in claims made against the very HPV vaccine it is pushing on children. To date 200 claims have been filed with VICP, with barely half adjudicated, according to the documents obtained by JW.
Incredibly, the vaccine has been shoved down the throats of unsuspecting victims by government at every level. Some 20 states have passed laws requiring funding for Gardasil or education programs promoting it. Among states that have enacted Gardasil-related measures are California, Colorado, Indiana, Iowa, Virginia, Maine and Utah. In all 50 states, tax dollars help pay for the costly shots ($360) because the CDC makes them available through the federal Vaccines for Children program.
This week, as part of National Immunization Awareness Month, the CDC is promoting a 13-minute DVD endorsing the three-dose HPV vaccine series. The video, designed to reach “underserved areas” and “minority populations,” features young women and healthcare professionals touting the vaccine. It lies about side effects, saying that that there’s “little pain and discomfort” and “dizziness and stomach aches.”
Just a few weeks ago JW reported that the Obama administration spent $1.2 million to promote Gardasil among low-income and minority girls. The goal is to “increase HPV vaccine uptake in a low income ethnic minority population, according to the government grant description. The campaign involves conducting a “culturally sensitive” intervention— in English, Spanish, Cantonese, Mandarin, Armenian and Korean—to increase HPV vaccine receipt among “underserved, high risk girls in Los Angeles.”
Notably absent in this latest DVD and all other Gardasil promotional campaigns are the potentially lethal side effects documented in the government’s own Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System (VAERS). The data is kept by the FDA and CDC as a vaccine safety surveillance program that can be easily accessed by the public yet Judicial Watch had to sue for information related to Gardasil.
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