Gardasil Vaccine Side Effects Resulted in Neuropathy, Chronic Pain for 12 Year Old: Lawsuit

Lawsuit claims Merck is actively concealing the potential side effects of the Gardasil HPV vaccine from parents and the medical community

An Arizona mother has filed a lawsuit against Merck, alleging that side effects of the Gardasil vaccine caused her son to develop neuropathy, chronic pain and other complications, which have prevented him from engaging in activities that a normal young person would enjoy.

The complaint (PDF) was filed last week in the U.S. District Court for the District of New Jersey by Cheryl Rolf, pursuing damages on behalf of herself and her minor child, identified in the lawsuit only as M.R.

Gardasil was first introduced by Merck & Co. 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, which suggested the vaccine was safe and effective, the shot 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 debilitating auto-immune disease and other side effects, which emerged shortly after receiving the injection, indicating that the HPV vaccine risks were not adequately disclosed to parents or the medical community.

Rolf indicates her son was 12 years old when he received his first Gardasil injection in October 2018. Before then, he showed no indications of autoimmune disease or autonomic issues. However, after receiving the injection, M.R. began showing signs of Gardasil vaccine side effects, including small fiber neuropathy, which caused feelings of pins and needles, burning sensations and shock-like pains in the head, hands and feet.

In addition, complications associated with the Gardasil vaccine left him with chronic pain, persistent muscle aches, fatigue, loss of stamina and muscle strength, mood problems, memory problems, headaches, dizziness, lightheadedness, faintness, brain fog, shakiness and chest pains, according to the lawsuit.

Not knowing the problems were linked to the vaccine, his mother allowed him to receive a second Gardasil injection in April 2020. His symptoms then worsened, according to the lawsuit.

“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,” the lawsuit states. “As a result of Merck’s fraud, Gardasil today is wrecking havoc on a substantial swath of an entire generation of children and young adults on a worldwide scale.”

Rolf’s lawsuit presents claims of negligence, strict liability, failure to warn, manufacturing defect, breach of warranty and common law fraud.

Gardasil HPV Vaccine Problems

Shortly after it was introduced, concerns about problems with Gardasil side effects emerged when one of the lead researchers responsible for developing the HPV 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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