Gardasil Recalled in Spain After Two Girls Fall IllFeb 12, 2009 | Parker Waichman LLP A batch of Gardasil vaccines has been recalled in Spain. Accordng to a report on FindingDucinea.com, tens of thousands of doses were recalled after the two girls fell ill just hours after receiving their Gardasil injections.
Both girls were hospitalized with one just being released from intensive care and the other remaining in the hospital; both received their injections from the same Gardasil batch, according to the FindingDulcinea.com news report, which noted that the girls received their shots as part of a government vaccination program in Spain that is targeting teenagers.
We have long been reporting about the numerous adverse, sometimes deadly, events associated with Gardisal injections, the three-shot vaccine that claims to prevent some—not all—types of the human Papillomavirus (HPV). For instance:
- After just one injection a 13-year-old girl was diagnosed with Acute Pancreatitis, spent nearly 100 days in the hospital, and underwent two surgeries to remove Pseudocysts.
- A group of Australian researchers found young women there who received the drug were five to 20 times likelier to suffer rare and severe allergic reactions.
- In the U.S., a 20-year-old woman suffered a stroke after receiving a second Gardasil injection. Two women overseas died after receiving their Gardasil injections and those deaths followed the deaths of three other young women who died in the U.S. days after Gardasil was administered.
- A 14-year-old girl experienced debilitating headaches, fainting spells, and arthritis-like stiffness and became so dizzy she could barely walk, was hospitalized, missed nearly one month of school, and suffered a seizure.
- Another 13-year-old began showing signs of a degenerative muscle disease after her third Gardasil injection; she is almost completely paralyzed.
- Most recently, a 16-year-old girl reported being constantly ill with exhaustion and nausea; hair falling out in clumps; ongoing episodes of passing out, numbness, and paralysis; dangerously low blood pressure; and severe back spasms that cause her to stop breathing.
Interestingly, one of the developers of Gardasil, Dr. Diane Harper, also a cervical cancer researcher and professor of medicine at Dartmouth Medical School, has been a quite vocal against the push to make Gardasil a mandatory vaccination, noting that clinical trial results have not been conducted long enough to reveal risks. “Merck lobbied every opinion leader, women’s group, medical society, politician, and went directly to the people—it created a sense of panic that says you have to have this vaccine now,” Dr. Harper said in an interview with the New York Times in August.
Spain’s health ministry said that while Gardasil will continue to be administered, the batch linked to the two illnesses—NH52670—has been recalled; 76,000 vaccines from the recalled batch have been distributed throughout Spain, said FindingDulcinea.com.
Despite nearly 10,000 reports of adverse reactions, including paralysis and death, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has deemed the vaccine safe.