Gardasil Vaccine Lawsuit Filed Over Autoimmune Disease Risks

According to allegations raised in a lawsuit filed last month against Merck, side effects of a Gardasil vaccine administered as a teenager caused a Connecticut woman to suffer damage to her autoimmune system.

The complaint (PDF) was filed by Korrine Herlth in the U.S. District Court for the District of Connecticut, indicating the drug manufacturers failed to warn about serious risks associated with Gardasil, and alleging the effectiveness of the human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine is questionable.

Gardasil was first approved in 2006, and has been widely marketed for young girls and boys before adolescence and potential sexual activity, to help prevent HPV, which can be sexually transmitted and lead to the development of cervical cancer.

Herlth indicates she received her first Gardasil injection as a teenager during a routine examination in October 2013, and received the second shot in December 2013. However, within a week of the second dose, Herlth began to experience dizziness, headaches, shakes and nausea, according to the lawsuit.

While she refused to get the third shot, her condition still worsened over time, resulting in daily seizures, vertigo, double vision, nausea, visual floaters, problems balancing, fatigue, anxiety and panic attacks, as well as depression, cognitive problems and a host of other health maladies.

In addition to causing an autoimmune disease risk which was not disclosed, the Gardasil lawsuit claims there is a lack of evidence the HPV vaccine even works as advertised.

“(W)hether Gardasil prevents cancer (not to mention lifetime immunity), is unproven. In fact, it may be more likely to cause cancer in those previously exposed to HPV than to prevent it,” Herlth’s lawsuit states. “Moreover, Merck knows and actively conceals the fact that Gardasil can cause a constellation of serious adverse reactions and gruesome diseases, including autoimmune diseases, and death in some recipients.”

Gardasil Side Effects

Since it’s introduction, concerns about the safety of Gardasil have emerged after one of the lead researchers responsible for developing the HPV vaccine, Dr. Diane Harper, indicated the drug’s protection may only last a few years, suggesting the risks may outweigh the benefits.

Dr. Harper reportedly said at a conference in 2009, that while Gardasil was tested on 15 year old girls, it is commonly being given 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.

6 Comments

  • BarbaraMarch 30, 2022 at 8:11 pm

    Both of my daughters had 3 doses of HPV shot from the age of11 through 12 and 12through13 now seeing the recommended 2doses for their age. Now that they were both exposed, they developed a condition first we were told all these years by the doctor that they had Tinea Versicolor having these issue right after 3rd dose it started. Now my seventeen-year-old daughter was getting a lot worst so we we[Show More]Both of my daughters had 3 doses of HPV shot from the age of11 through 12 and 12through13 now seeing the recommended 2doses for their age. Now that they were both exposed, they developed a condition first we were told all these years by the doctor that they had Tinea Versicolor having these issue right after 3rd dose it started. Now my seventeen-year-old daughter was getting a lot worst so we went to a Dermatologist, and she consulted with her colleges and determine that it is Autoimmune progesterone Dermatitis which causes underline of issues that they both will have for life.

  • EmilyFebruary 9, 2022 at 3:43 pm

    I received all three vaccines toward the end of the cut off of getting them. I believe it was 20 some years old was the cut off. Well I received them and shortly after getting my third dose I developed celiac disease and continue to have issues with my stomach and digestive system. I’m 31 years old now. I developed celiac at 25 years old. I see now they’ve developed a vaccine for older people to r[Show More]I received all three vaccines toward the end of the cut off of getting them. I believe it was 20 some years old was the cut off. Well I received them and shortly after getting my third dose I developed celiac disease and continue to have issues with my stomach and digestive system. I’m 31 years old now. I developed celiac at 25 years old. I see now they’ve developed a vaccine for older people to receive now. Sadly what was the point of getting the vaccine if I have to get more when I get older. This shows pointless to get the first set. When I first discovered a study stating that the HPV vaccine could be linked to autoimmune disease such as celiac disease I was sickened. Then I also discovered that adenovirus can be a trigger for developing celiac. Then discovered that the HPV vaccine uses adenovirus vector for a type of their HPV vaccine. So If I understand correctly the HPV vaccine using the Adenovirus vector caused my body to activate celiac disease which was not active before getting these vaccines.

  • StephanieDecember 31, 2021 at 10:56 pm

    I had the gardasil shots when I was 17 I think; just doing what my mom made me… and 14 years later now, I’m suffering from pcos like symptoms that docs can’t figure out and a gastrointestinal disorder. Too many life events to point directly at the shot, but I’m very suspicious that it is. I keep hearing of women in their 20s and early 30s who now have pcos… this shot debuted and was distributed at[Show More]I had the gardasil shots when I was 17 I think; just doing what my mom made me… and 14 years later now, I’m suffering from pcos like symptoms that docs can’t figure out and a gastrointestinal disorder. Too many life events to point directly at the shot, but I’m very suspicious that it is. I keep hearing of women in their 20s and early 30s who now have pcos… this shot debuted and was distributed at the time the 30yr olds today were pubescent…the marketed age… I got hpv anyways in my early twenties. It went away on its own but clearly a useless if not harmful med. Just what William Shockley would’ve wanted…

  • LeannDecember 4, 2021 at 10:11 pm

    I got this vaccine in middle school I have been having stomach issues on and off for years since that no doctor will take me serious about. I have issues with pain in my right abdomen , nausea, vomiting, constipation. They claim they can’t find anything wrong with me. I am absolutely miserable and to the point I’ve loses jobs because of being so sick.

  • MistySeptember 16, 2021 at 3:15 pm

    My daughter got the HPV vaccine and started having stomach issues where anytime she ate her stomach hurt and now lower abdomen issues (pain from under her belly button down to lower right side). She has chronic pain and we’ve been to many doctors and none of them can figure out what is wrong with her. They just tell us we have them stumped. This has been going on for almost 3 years now.

  • InsleyAugust 25, 2021 at 12:41 am

    I got the three Gardasil vaccine shots as a young girl. I’d say probably around 11 or 12. I now suffer from PCOS and fertility issues as an adult woman. I am 25 and have been suffering from PCOS since I was a teenager. I wasn’t diagnosed until February of 2020 because no doctor would take me seriously. I have no family history of PCOS or Fertility problems. I only contribute it to the Gardasil sho[Show More]I got the three Gardasil vaccine shots as a young girl. I’d say probably around 11 or 12. I now suffer from PCOS and fertility issues as an adult woman. I am 25 and have been suffering from PCOS since I was a teenager. I wasn’t diagnosed until February of 2020 because no doctor would take me seriously. I have no family history of PCOS or Fertility problems. I only contribute it to the Gardasil shots that I was forced to take by my mom after she was made to feel pressured by the doctors.

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