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The HPV vaccine injury case attorneys at the Drug Law Center are currently representing adults and children who have suffered injury after taking the human papillomavirus 9 valent vaccine.
The first vaccine to treat HPV (human papillomavirus), a common sexually transmitted infection, was first approved by the Food and Drug Administration in 2006. The Gardasil vaccine, manufactured by Merck & Company, vaccinates humans against four different types of human papillomavirus. In 2009, Glaxo SmithKline received approval from the FDA for a different vaccine, Cervarix, which was designed to provide protection of two high risks forms of HPV. Every HPV vaccine is formulated with proteins from an HPV shell, meaning the vaccination product contains no DNA or RNA that could cause the disease.
A History of Controversy
Pharmaceutical manufacturers first developed HPV vaccines in an effort to provide protection against a sexually transmitted infection that could cause harm to millions. Statistics maintained by the CDC (Centers for Disease Controlling Prevention) reveal that at least half all men and women who are sexually active well acquired human papilloma buyers at some point in their lifetime. Currently, nearly 80 million Americans have been infected with the virus with an additional 14 million Americans becoming infected every year.
There have been many rumored safety concerns about taking the HPV vaccine were consumers are fed misinformation. That said, real concerns found in medical literature have been raised relating to taking the HPV vaccination. Some of these concerns involve defects in the vaccine that because CRPS (complex regional pain syndrome), POTS (postural orthostatic tachycardia syndrome), autoimmune-like reactions, and chronic fatigue syndrome.
Common HPV Vaccine Side Effects
Doctors, researchers, the Food and Drug Administration, and the CDC understand taking the vaccine can cause fainting spells and muscular jerking movements. The most common Gardasil side effects after receiving an HPV vaccine include:
- Joint or muscle pain
- Syncope (fainting)
- Sensation of feeling tired
- Spontaneous abortion
- Optic lesions
- Redness, pain or swelling at the injection site
- Wrongful death
Though rare, some individuals can have a severe allergic (anaphylactic) reaction. Out of all the individuals who have died relatively soon after taking Gardasil another HPV vaccination product, one patient was just eleven years old. After receiving the injection, she experienced a sudden and fatal heart attack. Even with the tragic loss of a young child who had just received the vaccination, drug manufacturers were quick to find doctors to state that there is no evidence why very young girls should not be receiving the HPV vaccination.
Who Should Avoid Getting HPV Vaccination?
All prescription medications, including vaccination drugs, have the potential of causing serious side effects and adverse reactions in both men and women. Because of that, there certain individuals who should avoid getting HPV vaccination. These include:
- Any individual experiencing a life-threatening allergic reaction to the compounds or ingredients use to formulate HPV vaccines.
- Individuals receiving a previous dosage of HPV vaccine.
- Individuals with who have allergic reactions to yeast or latex.
- Individuals who have been diagnosed with GBS (Guillain-Barre Syndrome)
- Pregnant women
- Individuals experiencing low-grade fevers and those with a cough, running nose, cold or fever of 101 degrees or less.
- Individuals suffering from liver, kidneys, breathing or heart problems.
- Those who are suffering from a severe or moderate illness.
Premature Ovarian Failure
The CDC has issued warnings of the safety and efficacy of HPV vaccines and how they cause reproductive problems in women, especially those suffering from premature ovarian failure (premature menopause) where the ovaries quit functioning before 40 years of age. Some of the known causes of this condition include:
- Cigarette smoking
- Cancer treatments
- Exposure to environmental chemicals
- Viral infections
- Autoimmune disorders
HPV Vaccine and POTS
Men and women taking the vaccine have developed postural orthostatic tachycardia syndrome (POTS) where they have a sensation of fainting or lightheadedness with an increased heartbeat. Research has yet to identify the cause of POTS. However, numerous syndromes and risk factors associated with the condition include nervous system disorders, chronic fatigue syndrome, physical deconditioning, and recent viral illnesses. In the first decade since HPV vaccines were made available to the public, there were thirteen reports of acquired postural orthostatic tachycardia syndrome in the United States.
Death as a Symptom
Some individuals receiving HPV’s vaccine have died soon afterward. Within the first decade after the HPV vaccine came to the medical marketplace, there were 117 reports of death from individuals who had just received a dosage of the Gardasil vaccine. No follow-up research was conducted to conclude exactly how or why each individual died.
HPV and Pregnant Women
Information by the CDC indicates that the HPV vaccines from multiple companies had never been tested in childbearing women during each company’s clinical trials. Because of that, doctors, the CDC, and other regulatory agencies do not recommend HPV vaccines for pregnant women.
HPV Vaccines Lawsuits
- Nearly 50 Victims Receiving a Portion of the $6 Million HPV Injury Settlement
December 2014 – The United States HHS (HHS) announced that 49 victims making claims that they suffered serious injuries after taking the highly controversial HPV vaccination shop were awarded nearly $6 million as a part of compensation from the National Vaccine Injury Compensation Program. As of the end of 2014, more than 200 claims have been filed.President Tom Fitton of Judicial Watch stated that “this new information from the government shows that the serious side effects of the use of Gardasil have been well-founded. Public health officials should stop pushing Gardasil on children.” In addition, the CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) continues to recommend children take the Gardasil vaccine especially females between 9 years of age and 26 years of age. The CDC is recommending children receive this because the product is “licensed, safe, and effective.”However, the facts concerning the number of deaths associated with HPV vaccinations contradicts safety statements made by the Food and Drug Administration. The FDA announced that 26 deaths had been reported to the agency between September 2010 and September 2011 of individual suffering from Gullian-Barre syndrome, short-term memory loss, speech problems, pancreatitis, blindness, paralysis, and seizures.
- HPV Gardasil Injection Claims the Life of a Healthy 14-year-old Boy
Testimony by an expert in a Gardasil injection injury lawsuit reveals that there is a correlation between the boy’s death and receiving Gardasil vaccination injections from June 19, 2013, through August 19, 2013. A part of the petition filed by the family in their Gardasil lawsuit reads that the victim “received a Merck Gardasil vaccine on June 19, 2013, and again on August 19, 2013, and died in his sleep the following day and August 20, 2013. The death was caused in fact by receiving the Gardasil vaccine.”The lawsuit documents reveal that the boy was healthy as reported by his doctor on previous checkups occurring at the pediatrician’s office. The document shows that the child had no evidence of substance abuse, psychological disorder, cardiac abnormality, or any other pre-existing health condition.The child received a series of injections and experienced no adverse reactions after the initial dose. However, after the boy fell asleep just one day after receiving the second dose, he never woke up. Family members found the boy unresponsive in the morning while still in bed.
- 17-Year-Old Girl Suffers Lifelong Health Changes after Receiving the Gardasil Vaccine
The mother of a 17-year-old girl went online to study the WHO (World Health Organization) website to research the HPV vaccine to ensure she made an informed decision about the drug. The mother said that she felt reassured the product was safe and necessary for the future health of her child. This is because she said the product was heavily promoted at her child school, from WHO, the Department of Education and others making claims that the product would be good for every child.However, after the child received the first and subsequent injections, she became weak requiring her to be taken home to rest. Over the following months, the child began feeling dizzy and faint with menstrual issues. Soon afterward, the child’s concentration levels and short-term memory were deteriorating quickly. The child began experiencing high levels of intolerance to certain foods including dairy, gluten, and yeast. She also developed noise sensitivity and visual disturbances along with burning joint and muscle pain.In an effort to restore the child’s health, her doctors placed her on a very strict diet in hopes of detoxing her body’s systems to purge the heavy metals that are formulated into the vaccine. The child also receives vitamin B12 and acupuncture in hopes of restoring her health somewhat back to normal. Her doctors and mother believe that the condition she suffers with will likely last her lifetime.
Merck & Co. Generates Billions in Profits
Since Gardasil was first made available and the medical marketplace, Merck & Company have generated more than $1.5 billion each year selling their HPV vaccine. Patients receiving the drug are typically required to have an average of three injections completed over several weeks for an estimated cost of $360 on average.
Once numerous reports of adverse reactions and side effects after taking the medication began servicing, Merck & Co. accelerated its marketing campaign programs making the product available worldwide. To guaranteeing ongoing profits in the face of real and rumored problems, Merck & Co. blasted the airwaves and movie theater screens with a series of commercials and television advertisements promoting the benefits of their HPV vaccination product.
Let Us Resolve Your HPV Vaccine Lawsuit
The HPV vaccine injury attorneys at the Drug Law Center are aware of the serious side effects and adverse reactions caused by Gardasil, Cervarix, and other HPV vaccines. Our team of attorneys of handle cases where our clients have suffered blood clots, seizure, paralysis, and wrongful death after receiving the vaccine. We know that since the vaccine was made available to the public, more than 7800 cases of reactions and adverse events have been reported to government health officials. Many of these illnesses occurred just after receiving the inoculation.
If you or any member of your family has suffered a reaction or been affected by taking the HPV vaccine, our lawyers are here to provide assistance and advice on filing and resolving a Gardasil side effect lawsuit. Our reputable law firm has years of experience in pushing back against huge pharmaceutical companies. We have represented many clients with prescription drug cases just like yours.
We are currently accepting all Gardasil injury lawsuits and HPV vaccine wrongful death claims through contingency fee agreements. This means we are postponing payment of our legal services until after we have successfully resolved your case by negotiating an acceptable out of court settlement or a jury trial award. Contact us today for free, initial case consultation to discuss all your legal options.