These stories are from the U.S., Britain, and Japan. So where were the crusading journalists who looked into the suffering and death connected to this supposedly lifesaving vaccine?
Many people wrote about HPV vaccine injuries but the last word went to officials and doctors who labeled such things as mere coincidence. In the top story here, the mother of one victim said doctors who acknowledged vaccine-induced damage, “won’t put that in writing.”
Despite health chiefs insisting the HPV Gardasil jab is safe, these teens reveal why they wish they had never had it
Ruby Shallom thought nothing of having her third shot of the HPV Gardasil vaccine at school in September 2014.
All her other Year 8 friends were having it and she’d already had the first two doses of the jab to protect her from the human papillomavirus which causes cervical cancer.
But while she and a few of her friends had felt a bit dizzy and had mild stomach pain after the first injections, she genuinely believed there was nothing to worry about. However, Ruby is now paralysed from the neck down and only able to use her left hand. She believes the final dose lies behind her current state.
But after that third jab, Ruby was struck down with extreme stomach cramps. She says: “I was taken to hospital, where the pain got worse and I started having heart palpitations. It was awful – I’d never felt pain like it.”
During that first week, Ruby was in and out of hospital five times. Over the following months, she developed chronic fatigue and nausea....
She was also finding it difficult to walk. Then, in March 2016, her legs stopped working altogether.
“All of a sudden, I was paralysed from the neck down,” she recalls.
Medics have since said they think the Gardasil may have damaged Ruby’s immune system. However, health chiefs insist the jab is safe and say reviews by regulators have concluded there is “no credible evidence” of a link to illnesses such as chronic fatigue syndrome/ME, which “may have been coincidental events”.
But Ruby’s mum Nicola thinks otherwise. “Two doctors have said to us that the vaccine caused the initial problem and that all her other problems have stemmed from that,” she claims.
“They won’t put this in writing though. One actually said that although it’s highly likely the vaccine caused the severe reaction, no doctor will admit it openly.”...
Mia Blesky’s case is similar. The 12-year-old’s mum says she experienced alarming symptoms after her first Gardasil shot, which she had at school last year.
“Mia was a normal, happy, healthy girl the day before she had her Gardasil vaccine on September 21, 2016,” says mum Gini, 37, from Basingstoke, Hants.
“The next day though, she wasn’t well at all. She woke up with a burning sensation down both sides of her spine. Her legs were shaky and she found it difficult to walk properly.”
Mia was hospitalised for five days and has had five other hospital admissions in the past six months – after losing the use of her legs, then her neck, then due to sickness, then when her arms stopped working.
“Doctors have said that Mia’s symptoms were probably caused by the vaccine,” says Gini, “but they won’t put that in writing so I have no proof at all.”
March 27, 2017, UK Daily Mail: From aspiring pop star to paralysed in just days
Standing proudly as she clutched a microphone and belted out a tune, 12-year-old Mia Blesky dreamed of being a pop star.
However, just days after being videoed she found herself unable to move and just weeks later she was left paralysed from the neck down and in hospital.
Mia's family claim she has suffered an alleged reaction to the controversial HPV vaccine.
However, doctors claim that her problem is psychological - and the only help they've offered the family is to section her.
A harrowing video shows how her health deteriorated rapidly - as she shuffles before lying still in her adapted bed at home and croons softly, unable to move.
It comes after reports in December told of another teenage girl who was left in hospital after having the vaccine to protect her against cervical cancer.
Just weeks after having the jab, Ruby Shallom began to suffer from stomach spasms. Her muscles eventually became weaker, and two years after being given the jab she woke up with no feelings in her legs whatsoever. …
European Medicines Agency statistics show that up to February 2017, 11,867 reactions to Gardasil have been recorded.
More than 400 families, represented by the UK Association for Vaccine Injured Daughters, have called for more research into the jab.
Its chair, Freda Birrell, said: 'If it's not the vaccine causing these serious health issues then it's about time the Department of Health took responsibility.
'It should start trying to find out why this is happening instead of saying it is normal for teenagers to develop illnesses of this kind or that they have mental health issues.'
There are 350 girls with chronic and life changing health issues here following the HPV vaccination
A devastated girl has spoke about how the HPV vaccine snatched her teenage years from her and begged the HSE not to “abandon” her.
Rebecca now relies on a wheelchair to leave the house, is in constant pain and when she suffers a “crash” can spend up to 23-hours a day asleep. …
R.E.G.R.E.T, the patients representative group, says that the HSE is withholding this information from people here.
Yvonne said: “If this was connected to injuries caused by rugby or GAA people would be up in arms but because it’s caused by a vaccine nobody wants to take it on.
“Girls all over the world have the same identical symptoms.”…
“They deny that there are any long-term affects but there have been girls who have gone into early menopause, that’s pretty long-term.
“Girls in America have died after getting the vaccine, that’s pretty long-term.
“The HSE need to look at why the product information is so different to what they’re telling parents and why are girls suffering?...
The HSE said that the HPV vaccine is safe to use.
They said: “Seizures, muscle weakness, leg pain, joint pain and chronic fatigue are not mentioned as known side effects to Gardasil in the Patient Information Leaflet.
“There are no known long term side effects to the vaccine Gardasil.”
Mia Blesky can no longer do anything but blink, talk and sing, but doctors believe the condition is psychological caused by bullying or "sexuality issues"
Around 2,000 reported side effects after using Gardasil cervical cancer vaccine have determined Japanese government officials to withdraw Gardasil from the market in 2013, despite the vaccine being highly promoted in the United States and now approved by the European Union….
“The alarming reports have led Japan’s government to take action, suspending recommendation for the controversial vaccine which is billed as a miracle shot that can prevent certain strains of cervical cancer caused by Human Papillomavirus (HPV).”
“The U.S. government has taken the opposite approach amid equally alarming cases of serious side effects. Not only does the Obama administration continue recommending the vaccine (Gardasil), it spends large sums of taxpayer dollars promoting it and works hard to keep details involving its dangers secret.”
The side effects of using Gardasil include seizures, brain damage, blindness, paralysis, speech problems, pancreatitis and short-term memory loss, while other patients have died after taking the vaccine. Gardasil is given to little girls and costs around $600 per patient.
…Yet the past four years have turned into a nightmare for the family as Emily soon suffered apparent side effects. Only two weeks after her first HPV injection, the teenager experienced dizziness and nausea.
“The symptoms grew increasingly worse after the second and third injections, and I went to A&E several times with severe chest and abdominal pains as well as difficulty breathing,” Emily, now 17, said. “One time I couldn’t move anything on one side of my body. I didn’t know what was happening.”
Emily is one of the thousands of teenage girls who have reported feeling seriously unwell following the routine vaccination since the immunisation programme was introduced in 2007. She is yet to recover and has no idea when her health will return to normal. vaccine1“Prior to the vaccination Emily had an ‘unremarkable’ medical history with no problems,” said Mrs Ryalls, 49, from in Ossett, West Yorkshire. “She was considered very healthy and represented the school at hockey, netball, athletics and was a keen dancer. She was also a high achiever at school, in the top sets for everything and predicted at least 10 GCSE with high grades. Her future was very bright.”…
Mrs Ryalls reported Emily’s condition to the Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency (MHRA). In the 10 years to April this year the agency received almost 22,000 “spontaneous suspected” adverse drug reaction (ADR) reports in 13 routine immunisation categories including flu, MMR, tetanus, diphtheria and polio, according to a Freedom of Information response released earlier this month.
In the HPV category alone, suspected ADRs numbered 8,228, of which 2,587 were classified as “serious” – defined by several criteria, including whether it resulted in hospitalisation or was deemed life threatening or was regarded as serious by the individual reporting it.
The MHRA said that the figures did not reflect the true amount of suspected ADRs because of an “unknown and variable level of under-reporting”. The agency estimates it receives about 10 per cent of all reports, suggesting the actual number of girls suffering suspected ADRs could be tens of thousands. It also said that “many millions” of the vaccinations were administered in this time frame without any problems reported.
“Every visit to a doctor was met with rolled eyes,” said Mrs Ryalls. “Every mention of the HPV vaccination was met with hostility and ridicule. We were eventually referred to a local paediatrician who told her to push herself to get back to normal – ‘We all feel tired in the mornings, Emily’ was one of the remarks regarding her complete exhaustion.”…
In an article published last week in the Springer journal Clinical Rheumatology, Dr Manuel Martinez-Lavin, who has been treating people with chronic pain conditions for more than 30 years, said these illnesses are “more frequent after HPV vaccination”. He wrote: “Vaccination has been one of the most effective public health measures in the history of medicine. However, seemingly inexplicit adverse reactions have been described after the injection of the newer vaccines vs human papillomavirus (HPV). Adverse reactions appear to be more frequent after HPV vaccination when compared to other type of immunisations.”
December 31, 2014, Washington Times: U.S. court pays $6 million to Gardasil victims
...Judicial Watch announced it has received documents from the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) revealing that its National Vaccine Injury Compensation Program (VICP) has awarded $5,877,710 dollars to 49 victims in claims made against the highly controversial HPV (human papillomavirus) vaccines. To date 200 claims have been filed with VICP, with barely half adjudicated. …
The facts appear to contradict the FDA’s safety statements. The adverse reaction reports detail 26 new deaths reported between September 1, 2010 and September 15, 2011 as well as incidents of seizures, paralysis, blindness, pancreatitis, speech problems, short term memory loss and Guillain-Barré Syndrome. The documents come from the FDA’s Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System (VAERS) which is used by the FDA to monitor the safety of vaccines.
That’s 26 reported deaths of young, previously healthy, girls after Gardasil vaccination in just one year.
Meredith Prohaska was an active, fun-loving 12-year-old girl one minute. A few hours later -- she was unresponsive on the floor. In between that time, there was a trip to the doctor -- and now, Prohaska's family wonders if that's what killed her. …
"She got her first HPV vaccine at around 10:30, 11 o'clock that morning," Rebecca Prohaska said.
At some point, Rebecca Prohaska says she remembers getting a handout about possible side effects.
"Thirty minutes later she was trying to sleep. I kept waking her up," Rebecca Prohaska said.
By 3:30 that afternoon, Rebecca Prohaska went out for a half-hour to get food.
"I came back and I found her on the floor," Rebecca Prohaska said.
Rebecca Prohaska -- a 14-year veteran EMT for the National Guard, performed CPR after calling 911.
Meredith Prohaska was pronounced dead at the hospital. No one could say why. …
Meanwhile, Dr. Geoffrey Swain -- a professor and medical doctor at the Milwaukee Health Department says by and large, the HPV vaccine's benefits far outweigh the risks.
"Vaccines in general and the HPV vaccine in particular, very, very safe. It's a very safe vaccine and very effective," Dr. Swain said.
Dr. Swain says serious side effects are nearly one in a million.
"Very, very rare," Dr. Swain said.
Aug 24, 2013, Japan Times: Victims hit cervical cancer vaccines Paralyzed teens, parents demand subsidized shots be eradicated
The girl said she started getting severe pains throughout her body, including her head, after receiving her third Cervarix injection in April 2011. The process requires three injections in six months.
A 16-year-old in a wheelchair whose hands and legs were convulsing during the meeting with Tamura and at the news conference, said she can’t possibly be alone.
“There must be numerous girls who are suffering symptoms similar to mine without knowing their conditions stem from the vaccines. …
According to Dr. Sotaro Sato, who has examined many cervical vaccine victims, the convulsions, inability to walk, and involuntary hand and toe movements are being caused by encephalomyelitis, or the inflammation of the brain and spinal cord.
“Cervical cancer vaccines, which are chemically bound to special types of adjuvants, often trigger encephalomyelitis,” he said.
“Since the vaccines cause autoantibodies against the brain’s neuronal fibers to be produced in many cases, they have triggered demyelinating disorders,” he said adding they have also induced many cases of cerebral vasculitis.
There have been more than 7,800 complaints about Gardasil since the Food and Drug Administration approved it two years ago, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Complaints have included nausea, blood clots, genital warts, paralysis and even death.
The CDC said the deaths are not linked to Gardasil.
Merck is standing by its product, insisting it is safe.
“I think of all the vaccines out there, this has been thoroughly tested prior to release,” said Dr. Manny Alvarez, managing health editor of FOXNews.com. “This is a vaccine that helps protect women from a very deadly disease. Therefore the benefits fully outweigh any side effect that has been found so far.
"However, I do believe that with any medication, constant surveillance of complications need to be monitored aggressively and in extreme cases, like this one, thorough investigations are necessary.”
July 7, 2008, CNN: Should parents worry about HPV vaccine?
A vaccine designed to prevent cervical cancer is coming under fresh scrutiny amid thousands of complaints linking it to a range of health problems.
Gardasil has been the subject of 7,802 "adverse event" reports from the time the Food and Drug Administration approved its use two years ago, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. …
Merck says it could be a coincidence that the girls got sick after receiving the vaccine.
The company said in a statement that an adverse event report "does not mean that a causal relationship between an event and vaccination has been established -- just that the event occurred after vaccination."
Merck said it would continue to evaluate reports of adverse reactions. It said it "updates product labels with new safety information as appropriate.
…Her family told CBS News it believes "there may be a link. But, there is no medical consensus on whether this hypothesis is stronger than other possible explanations."
Merck, Gardasil's maker, disputes that, saying in a statement, "Based on the facts that we've received, the information does not suggest that this event was causally associated with vaccination."
July 7, 2008, New York Post: FEDS’ WARNING SHOT
Federal health officials have logged 8,000 “adverse events” in girls and women injected with the Merck & Co. vaccine introduced two years ago, more than 500 of them from New York.
And lawyers last month filed the first two claims on behalf of girls with ailments blamed on Gardasil under a federal program to compensate victims of vaccine-caused illness, The Post has learned. …
Healthy all her life, her family says, Jesalee has been hospitalized on and off for more than a year. She restricts her diet, takes pain pills and misses many school days.
“I’m pretty sick all the time,” she said.
The other claim was filed for Jessica Vega of Nevada, who came down with Guillain-Barré Syndrome, an immune-system disorder, at age 14 – a week after her second Gardasil shot.
Thirty others have reported the syndrome after getting the vaccine.
JESSICA’S mom, Rhonda Vega, says the girl’s lower legs and arms were paralyzed, but she’s learned to walk again. “Protecting girls against cervical cancer is a fabulous thing, but if this is what’s going to happen, they need to research it more,” she said.
In Florida, the mother of 13-year-old Brittany LeClaire said her daughter suffered headaches and lethargy after a Gardasil shot last Aug. 13. On Sept. 2, Brittany’s left leg became paralyzed. After months on a walker, she limps. …
Securities and Exchange Commission documents show Merck made $1.5 billion in Gardasil sales last year.
ONE doctor who helped conduct clinical trials on Gardasil told The Post the vaccine has been aggressively marketed to girls too young to need it.
“There’s a huge push for giving this to girls 11 and 12 years of age,” said Dr. Diane Harper of Dartmouth Medical School. “There’s no hurry. You can give it to someone who is 20, 25 or 30 and still have the same level of protection.”
The Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System, run by the FDA and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, has collected thousands of reports of health problems after Gardasil shots.
July 2, 2017, US News: Is HPV Vaccine to Blame for a Teen's Paralysis?
About a month after being vaccinated against the cervical cancer-causing HPV virus, 13-year-old Jenny Tetlock missed the lowest hurdle in gym class, the first hint of the degenerative muscle disease that, 15 months later, has left the previously healthy teenager nearly completely paralyzed. Did the vaccine, Gardasil, cause her condition? Her father, Philip Tetlock, a psychology professor at UC-Berkeley's Haas School of Business, has embarked on an odyssey to find out whether the vaccine or random coincidence is to blame.
Higher rates of Guillain-Barré have been associated with the swine flu vaccine and possibly with the meningitis vaccine Menactra, but it is no more common in those who get Gardasil than in those who don't, says Ball. The same goes for other side effects like spontaneous miscarriage.
“We were, of course, reassured by the nurse at the doctor’s office that this is normal. Particularly the Gardasil vaccine, this is normal to have a lot of pain at the injection site. …
“Two days later, the pain is still there. She’s really complaining a lot, and she’s not a complainer. …So I called the doctor’s office and I said what was going on. Again they reassured me this is natural, this is normal, don’t worry about it. Just give it a little time. And so we did, we gave it time.
“I didn’t know anything about vaccine injury. …The following days and weeks what ended up happening was she had severe nosebleeds—like gushing. Her gait started to change when she walked. She kind of favored one side. She was extremely pale. …
“So when I would call back and I would explain what’s going on, they were like, ‘Well, you know, it’s probably her allergies, and it was ragweed season. Then the next event that happened was at school they would have gym only half of the year, so it was her turn to have gym for this part of the year. She came home and said, oh, my neck is really sore and I can’t move it….
“About two months after the vaccine she wakes up and her knee is about three times the size it should be. She didn’t do anything. She didn’t do anything to cause her knee to be swollen, so I called our family doctor again. …She was a bit annoyed that I called. She told me I was overreacting. Knees swell up; it just happens sometimes like that. At that moment I said, you’re done. …
“Took her to the emergency room. They drained her knee, they did some tests. Saw like an RA factor so they thought, oh, we’ve got an auto-immune problem. We’ve got rheumatoid arthritis. You need to go to an arthritis center. …
“We went to like sixteen different specialists, and everywhere we took my daughter Sara, I said, ‘Do you think it was the vaccine? Because like she was perfect, she was rollerblading, and playing basketball, soccer, and now she can barely get out of bed.’
“And everywhere it was like, no, no, no. It couldn’t be the vaccine.