I don’t usually wade into political waters, but this deserves a note. Gov Perry from Texas is now getting into the presidental race for 2012. He is in the pocket of Merck. He remains the first and only governor in the US to try to force Gardasil vaccines, injections for 9 year old girls. He withdrew this mandate under a firestorm of revolt in Texas and across the country. This article lays it out in full detail.
How soon we forget…
(From the CDC) As of June 22, 2011, approximately 35 million doses of Gardasil were distributed in the U.S. and VAERS (Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System) received a total of 18,727 reports of adverse events following Gardasil vaccination: 17,958 reports among females and 346 reports for males, of which 285 reports were received after the vaccine was licensed for males in October 2009.
Deaths: As of June 22, 2011 there have been a total 68 VAERS reports of death among those who have received Gardasil® . There were 54 reports among females, 3 were among males, and 11 were reports of unknown gender. There have been 32 confirmed deaths and 36 remain unconfirmed due to no identifiable patient information in the report such as a name and contact information to confirm the report.
If there were this many reported adverse events from a supplement or vitamin….or even a medication, would it still be on the market? It has been estimated that only between 1 and 10% of all adverse events are reported.