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.

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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 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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