You may have heard that the HPV vaccine Gardasil has been linked to numerous side effects. Something you may not know: According to the National Vaccine Information Center, hundreds of people have died after receiving the Gardasil vaccine.
Attorneys from the law firm of Baum Hedlund Aristei & Goldman represent individuals who sustained injuries after receiving the Gardasil vaccine. If you or a member of your family suffered an adverse reaction from Gardasil, we can help.
For more information or to speak with a lawyer, call (855) 948-5098 today or fill out our contact form.
Hundreds of Reported Gardasil Vaccine Deaths
According to the CDC’s Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System (VAERS), hundreds of people have died after receiving the HPV2, HPV4, HPV9 or HPVX vaccine. It is worth noting that the number of HPV vaccine adverse events is assumed to be underreported.
On June 23, 2008, a 21-year-old student at Bard College died suddenly and unexpectedly in bed at the New York home she shared with other students. Christina Tarsell was young and healthy; a multi-sport athlete who played softball in high school and tennis at Bard.
Medical examiners listed Christina’s cause of death as undetermined. Unable to live without answers to Christina’s unexplainable death, the Tarsell family pursued an extensive investigation involving world-class experts in immunology, cardiology and electrophysiology.
The doctors evaluating Christina Tarsell’s death determined that she died of an arrhythmia induced by an autoimmune response to Gardasil, an HPV vaccine that she had received only days before her death.
Merck & Co. advertised the Gardasil vaccine to young women as an effective tool to prevent cervical cancer. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommended that girls and women receive three shots of Gardasil.
Days after receiving her first Gardasil shot, Christina Tarsell suffered from arrhythmia. She experienced the same problem again days after her second Gardasil shot. Ms. Tarsell died after her third Gardasil injection.
Gardasil Makes Good Vaccines Look Bad
There is currently a great deal of controversy surrounding vaccines. Our firm wishes to stress that we are not against vaccines. They have the potential to eradicate disease and save millions of lives. We are, however, against intentional efforts to mislead consumers about the safety and effectiveness of a drug or vaccine. We have always fought-- and will continue to fight-- for the rights of consumers to be fully and honestly informed about risks associated with any drug, vaccine, or medical device. We will work tirelessly to ensure those rights are defended and victims of injustice are compensated for their injuries.
Gardasil Claim Filed
Emily Tarsell, Christina’s mother, decided to pursue legal action over her daughter’s wrongful death against the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). As a covered vaccine, victims of Gardasil injuries cannot file a Gardasil lawsuit against Merck in civil court before first filing a claim with the Vaccine Injury Compensation Program (VICP).
On April 2, 2018, after the Tarsell family fighting many years for justice, a special master in the VICP ruled that Christina had died from a heart arrhythmia caused by Gardasil. The decision stated that Tarsell’s legal team had presented “preponderant evidence of a logical sequence of cause and effect, connecting the HPV vaccination to the ensuing arrhythmia.”
Emily Tarsell is one of many Gardasil victims to file a claim in the VICP. As of February of 2020, 441 Gardasil claims have been filed in the VICP for 15 deaths and 426 injuries that occurred after HPV vaccination. Of those, 134 resulted in compensation for the victims.
Studies Linking Gardasil and Death
While more study is needed to better understand the link between Gardasil and death, there are published studies linking HPV vaccination to sudden death in previously healthy women.
In 2012, a published case study of two deaths after HPV vaccination suggests that HPV vaccines containing HPV-16L1 antigens “pose an inherent risk for triggering potentially fatal autoimmune vasculopathies.”
Also in 2012, Dr. Sin Hang Lee, a research scientist and board certified pathologist, published a case study examining the sudden death of a teenaged girl six months after receiving the final of her three shots of Gardasil. Dr. Lee found HPV-16 gene DNA in blood and spleen tissue samples similar to HPV-16 gene DNA fragments he found in Gardasil. The HPV-16 LI gene DNA was bound to what Merck describes as its proprietary aluminum adjuvant used in Gardasil 4 and Gardasil 9. This binding protected the DNA fragments from degradation.
“Viral DNA molecules, as those found in Gardasil, when transfected with the aluminum adjuvant into the macrophages after intramuscular injection, are now known to stimulate release of many immune molecules some of which, such as the tumor necrosis factor-α, are potent myocardial depressants. Tumor necrosis factor is capable of causing hypotension and even death in experimental animals and in humans.”
Gardasil Lawyers Representing Victims
The Gardasil HPV vaccine was fast-tracked to the market, achieving in six months a move from drug application to FDA approval that generally takes years. One of the principal investigators of the Gardasil clinical trials (the human testing that precedes FDA approval) said the process “went too fast.” Some of the more disturbing side effects that were not disclosed on the Gardasil package insert:
- The miscarriage rate among those injected with Gardasil was 25%. The miscarriage rate for women under 30 in the U.S. is 12.5%.
- In the Gardasil group, 5 babies were born with congenital abnormalities compared to none in the control group.
- 10.9% of women who received Gardasil reported reproductive disorders within 7 months. In the Protocol 18 placebo group, that figure was 1.2%
- The rate of Gardasil deaths in the clinical trials was 8.5 per 10,000, nearly double the background U.S. death rate for young women ages 15-24.
Baum Hedlund Aristei & Goldman is evaluating Gardasil claims involving the following side effects and injuries:
- Acute disseminated encephalomyelitis
- Auto-immune disorders
- Birth defects
- Cervical intraepithelial neoplasia – CIN 2/3
- Chronic fatigue syndromes
- Chronic inflammatory demyelinating polyneuropathy (CIDP)
- Chronic pain syndromes
- Epilepsy (seizure disorder)
- Guillain-Barre syndrome
- Heart problems, including severe arrhythmia and heart attacks
- Inflammatory disorders
- Interconnective tissue disorder
- Movement disorders
- Multiple sclerosis
- Neurological disorders
- Postural orthostatic tachycardia syndrome (POTS)
- Pulmonary embolism
- Reproductive disorders, including premature ovarian failure
- Rheumatological disorders
- Small fiber neuropathy
If you or a family member suffered from any of the above maladies after receiving a Gardasil shot, we can help. Call (855) 948-5098 today, or complete our contact form, for a free confidential case evaluation.
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