Gardasil Cervical Cancer Vaccine Caused Teen Girl to Suffer Autonomic Dysfunction, Lawsuit Claims

Side effects of the Gardasil vaccine left the plaintiff with autoimmune problems and took away her ability to walk for a time.

A young woman from Texas indicates she has been left with a debilitating autoimmune disease and dysfunction after receiving the Gardasil vaccination for cervical cancer when she was 13 years old, according to a recently filed lawsuit.

Madeline Counts filed the complaint (PDF) against Merck & Co. in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Texas on July 18, indicating that the manufacturer promoted the “cervical cancer vaccine” as safe and effective, without warning about the risk of permanent injuries that may be caused.

Gardasil was first introduced in 2006, as a vaccine for prevention of HPV infections, which can be sexually transmitted and lead to the later development of cervical cancer. Following years of aggressive marketing by the drug maker, the vaccine has been widely administered to young girls and boys before adolescence and potential sexual activity.

Merck now faces a growing number of similar Gardasil vaccine lawsuits alleging that teens and young adults have been left with auto-immune disoders, such as postural orthostatic tachycardia syndrome (POTS) and other side effects, which emerged shortly after receiving the injection.

Counts indicates her mother agreed to the doctor’s recommendations that she receive the Gardasil cervical cancer vaccine when she was 13 years old, in June 2017. However, by Christmas of that year, her mother began to notice Counts had developed symptoms linked to autonomic dysfunction.

“As the months progressed, so did Plaintiff’s injuries,” the lawsuit states. “She was seen by multiple physicians and specialists for her complaints which now included: Postural Orthostatic Tachycardia Syndrome (‘POTS’), paralysis, neurological disorders, movement disorders, brain fog, and is unable to focus her eyes.”

Counts indicates she now suffers from uncontrollable tremors, seizures, paralysis, fatigue, blurred vision, chronic nausea and headaches, which were caused by the Gardasil vaccine. The lawsuit also notes she could not walk for a period of time, and has been prevented from engaging in normal activities that a young person can typically enjoy.

Counts presents claims of negligence, strict liability, failure to warn, manufacturing defect, breach of warranty and common law fraud.

Gardasil Vaccination Problems

Shortly after it was introduced, concerns about problems with Gardasil vaccinations emerged when one of the lead researchers responsible for developing the cervical cancer vaccine, Dr. Diane Harper, indicated that the drug’s protection may only last a few years, suggesting that the risks may outweigh the benefits.

Dr. Harper reportedly warned at a conference in 2009, that while Gardasil was tested on 15 year old girls, it is commonly being recommended to girls as young as nine years old. She has called for more detailed warnings to parents about the Gardasil risks and to provide additional information about the unknown long-term benefits for girls who are not likely to be sexually active for several years.

Many health experts strongly support the use of Gardasil, indicating any risks are negligible and claims made by those concerned about vaccinations are often not scientifically supported.

The National Cancer Institute has heralded the HPV vaccine, saying that widespread use could reduce cervical cancer deaths worldwide by as much as two-thirds. Many also suggest men get the vaccine as well in order to promote “herd immunity,” which occurs when a large enough portion of the population is vaccinated against a particular disease that they act as a firewall, preventing that disease’s spread even to those who are not vaccinated.


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