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Gardasil Cervical Cancer Vaccine Caused Teen Girl to Suffer Autonomic Dysfunction, Lawsuit Claims
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.
Gardasil HPV Vaccine Lawsuit
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 Autoimmune Side Effects
Gardasil contains a number of ingredients which are known to sometimes cause problems with the autoimmune system, including Amorphous Aluminum Hydroxyphosphate Sulfate (AAHS) and HPV LI-DNA fragments.
Critics claim Merck failed to adequately disclose the presence of these ingredients, and also claim Merck used them in the placebos given to “control” test subjects during clinical trials, leading to an inaccurate assessment of Gardasil side effects.
These additives have been linked to problems with cognitive and motor functions, autoimmune reactions, increased blood brain barrier permeability, and macrophagic myofascitis of the muscles. They are also believed to be able to block neuronal signaling, interrupt cell-to-cell communications, corrupt neuronal-glial interactions and interfere with synaptic transmissions, alter enzyme functions, impair protein functions and could alter DNA.
Multiple medical journals have published studies suggesting a strong link between the Gardasil vaccine and POTS, which is an acronym for “Postural Orthostatic Tachycardia Syndrome”. The condition is most known for its disruption of the autonomic nervous system’s regulation of many vital bodily functions including heart rate, blood pressure and body temperature.
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