Judicial Watch, a public interest group that investigates and prosecutes government corruption, announced last week that documents it obtained from the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) through a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request detail 26 new deaths resulting from Gardasil vaccinations.
The deaths were recorded in adverse reaction reports made between Sept. 10, 2010 and Sept. 15, 2011. Other adverse reactions to the drug detailed in the reports included seizures, paralysis, blindness, pancreatitis, speech problems, short-term memory loss and Guillain-Barré Syndrome.
The adverse-reaction reports include the case of a healthy 14-year old girl first injected with the drug in 2007, who developed symptoms including numbness and tingling in her fingers and toes, fatigue, a hard time falling asleep, urinary tract infections, ovarian cyst, irritability, trouble getting out of bed and seizures. At the time of her final injection in 2008, she was said to have suffered more than 150 seizures. The child reportedly ultimately died from complications related to ovarian cysts.
Another victim, an 18-year old girl, died five months after receiving the inoculation from complications related to meningitis. The young woman had reportedly also received a meningitis vaccine during her Gardasil treatments, but health officials contend the strain that killed her was “likely the type not prevented by the vaccination.”
The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) still recommends the vaccine: “Based on all of the information we have today, CDC recommends HPV vaccination for the prevention of most types of cervical cancer. As with all approved vaccines, CDC and FDA will continue to closely monitor the safety of HPV vaccines.”
The Gardasil controversy has recently resurged in headlines amid reports of GOP Presidential candidate Texas Governor Rick Perry’s signing of an executive order in 2007 requiring the vaccine for young girls in his State.