Controversial HPV Vaccine Gardasil: Allegations That 18 Teenage Girls Suffer Acute Side Effects Surface, International Concern Is Growing

Gardasil, a vaccine for the Human Papillomavirus (HPV), has been labeled as a controversial since it has been made available. Although beneficial in preventing cancer within the girls that receive the vaccine, the side effects that some are experiencing can be debilitating for many girls. Those side effects have many wondering if the drug is safe enough for human use.

Common side effects of being vaccinated with Gardasil include nausea, headaches, and even fainting at the time of the vaccination, or shortly after, according to the Independent. However, more extreme side effects are more serious and longer lasting, often times permanent. They include chronic fatigue, chronic regional pain syndrome, postural tachycardia syndrome, and fibromyalgia, according to Jesper Mehlsen of the Frederiksberg Hospital in Denmark.

Mehlsen was quick to point out that the conditions have not been proven to be caused by Gardasil, but there is a growing trend among girls that have received the vaccine and are experiencing the exact same conditions over time.

"We have noted a pattern of symptoms in a relatively large group of patients and that these symptoms seem to have a temporal association to the vaccination."
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[Photo by Russell Kirk/Merck & Co. via Getty Images]Recently, 18 teenage girls came forward to report debilitating side effects after taking Gardasil, joining the growing number of teens across the world that have experienced harmful side effects after taking Gardasil. In Ireland, about 131 girls have been identified, and in Denmark, over 1,100 hundred girls suffer from Gardasil side effects, according to the Independent. The number of reported drastic side effects in America vary depending on the study that is read. However, reports of negative and debilitating side effects from around the world have led nearly 40 percent of American parents to not vaccinate their children from HPV.

The growing number of vaccinated individuals that have experienced the devastating side effects of receiving the HPV vaccine has coerced some of the victims to speak out regarding the impact it has had on their lives. Many citing how their lives have been impacted over time, claiming that Gardasil is the cause of their condition. It is important to note that there is no solid scientific research that proves Gardasil or other HPV vaccines have caused the conditions. However, the common symptoms shared by the victims have caused great concern.

Joseph Wendelken, acting public information officer for the Rhode Island Department of Health, shared that Rhode Island mandated that students be vaccinated against HPV before entering the seventh grade, according to the Brown Daily Herald. He was happy to find that nearly three quarters of the students were in compliance.

Aimee Gardiner, of the Rhode Islanders Against Mandated HPV Vaccinations, claims that HPV is a sexually transmitted disease, and a vaccination should not be mandated. Not because of the debilitating side effects, but because it has no impact on the child's education.

Wendelken disagrees, stating that children start to think about becoming sexually active at about age 12, and that it is best to administer the vaccine prior to them becoming sexually active. He is urging doctors and the states they live in to encourage every parent to get their children vaccinated.

"The HPV vaccine protects against a virus that we know leads to cancer, and it's incredibly beneficial and valuable. Now it's up to doctors across the country and state to try to communicate to parents the importance of this immunization."
Reports on both side of the fence provide claims for and against the use of HPV vaccines. Further research is necessary to determine whether claims of debilitating side effects are direct results of Gardasil, or if there are other outlying factors.

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