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Gardasil Killed My Granddaughter, Florida Woman Claims

Sep 22, 2009 | Parker Waichman LLP

A Florida woman thinks the death of her 17-year-old granddaughter may have had something to do with Gardasil.  According to a report on, Denise Melton insists that Jessie Ericzon had been in good health until she received the HPV vaccine.  

Gardasil prevents four strains of HPV, two of which cause 70 percent of all cervical cancers. The other two HPV strains are responsible for about 90 percent of genital warts. However, Gardasil has been the subject of controversy ever since it was approved in 2006. As of June 2009, 15 million girls had received Gardasil, with  more than 14,000 recipients reporting  adverse reactions. The complaints included reports of dizziness numbness, and blood clots.  Health regulators are also looking at 43 reports of fatalities that occurred following Gardasil administration.

In June, the Food & Drug Administration (FDA) announced that the Gardasil label had been updated to include more prominent warnings about fainting that can occur following administration of the vaccine. According to the agency, some Gardasil fainting victims have suffered from tonic-clonic (jerking) movements and seizure-like activity, and some have fallen resulting in traumatic injuries. According to the agency, roughly 13% of Gardasil side effects reported to its Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System (VAERS) describe fainting.  

According to her grandmother, Jessie began suffering from severe headaches after receiving a second shot of Gardasil in September 2007.   The headaches were centered on the back of the head and neck, Melton said.  Jessie also complained of muscle aches and joint pain.  Jessie's mother took her to the doctor, but her symptoms were attributed to stress.

Jessie received her third Gardasil on February 20, 2008.  A day later, she again complained of a severe headache.  On February 22 - just a day shy of her 18th birthday - Jessie's mother found her daughter's body on the bathroom floor, Melton said.  An autopsy has not been able to uncover the cause of Jessie's death.

Jessie's family began searching for answers shortly after her funeral, and say an internet search revealed that thousands of girls had suffered symptoms similar to Jessie's following Gardasil vaccination.  There were also reports of deaths.  

Melton is now convinced Gardasil played some role in her granddaughter's death. She now spends her time telling Jessie's story, trying to get out what she says is the truth about Gardasil.

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