In the video above, 14-year-old Savannah Snyder, and her mother, Sarah, discuss the deterioration of health which young Savannah experienced following her injection with the Gardasil vaccine. Manufactured by the Merck drug company, Gardasil allegedly immunizes against certain strains of the human papillomavirus (HPV), a sexually transmitted virus, and the vaccine is sometimes referred to as the HPV vaccine.
Since HPV can lead to cervical and other types of cancer, the pharmaceutical concoction has been touted as “a vaccine that can actually prevent cancer.” You can in fact go here to view a CBS News report from only two days ago lauding it as just that.
But…of course… “Here’s the bad news,” the CBS medical reporter repines plaintively–“only 63 percent of girls and 50 percent of boys are getting the vaccine.”
And why might that be? Well, pediatricians, despite a “public health crisis,” for some reason don’t push the vaccine hard enough, the reporter claims, and she also alludes, just briefly, to some vague concerns about safety–ah, but then adds in the next breath that “dozens of studies confirm it’s safe.”
The report sounds almost like a commercial for Merck–and in fact the segment indeed includes footage from a TV commercial for the vaccine.
A similar attitude on the matter is taken by Snopes, which attempts, in an article here, to “fact check” the claim that Gardasil has been responsible for adverse health impacts and/or deaths. The writer uses an “admittedly far-fetched” example to prove his point, to wit:
To illustrate this concept, we offer the following [admittedly far-fetched] scenario: A man who received a flu vaccination and then accidentally hit his hand with a hammer a few hours later might legitimately report that soon after he received the flu vaccine, his hand began to throb painfully. Although such a report would be literally true, it would not establish any causal connection between the flu vaccine and the adverse medical symptom of a throbbing, painful hand.
Look at the video above and see if you think either Savannah or Sarah strike you as falling into the rather dotty I-hit-my-hand-with-a-hammer-so-it-must-have-been-the-vaccine category. They don’t strike me that way in the least.
The Snopes “fact-checker” then goes on to quote from a 2009 CDC report providing assurance that Gardasil is relatively safe:
All serious reports for Gardasil have been carefully analyzed by medical experts. Experts have not found a common medical pattern to the reports of serious adverse events reported for Gardasil that would suggest that they were caused by the vaccine.
As of December 31, 2008, there have been 32 U.S. reports of death among females who have received the vaccine. There was no common pattern to the deaths that would suggest that they were caused by the vaccine.
Deaths ostensibly associated with or connected to Gardasil shots have indeed been reported. You can go here to read of one case, and here to learn of another. Since HPV is a sexually transmitted virus, Gardasil is administered to boys and girls Sarah’s age in hopes of immunizing them before they become sexually active.
Savannah and her mom Sarah were interviewed by the Vaxxed film crew. An article about the interview is published at the VaccineImpact.com website. You can access the report here. Here is a bit from it:
Savannah talks about her experiences in receiving her 7th grade required vaccines. Her mother Sarah explains that she only gave permission for Savannah to receive the required vaccines. Gardasil, the HPV vaccine, is an optional vaccine. Sarah explains that she had been warned about this vaccine and wanted to investigate it further.
You believe your doctor. Every parent believes their doctor. We’re all trying to do the right thing.
But Savannah was given the Gardasil vaccine anyway, without their original knowledge. She immediately started suffering some side effects, such as a headache, almost fainting, and skin rashes breaking out. She soon developed pneumonia and other infections.
As time went on, things got worse. She started experiencing seizures, including grand mal seizures. She was hospitalized many times for severe pain. Her mother tearfully explains that Savannah would wake up in the middle of the night and state that she was dying.
Like many other parents of children with Gardasil injuries, Sarah relates how they had little support, and that most people just thought it was all in Savannah’s head.
But after a trip to the Mayo clinic, Savannah was diagnosed with POTS (postural orthostatic tachycardia syndrome), a known side effect of Gardasil that affects the heart. (See:Cardiologist Comments on New Study Linking HPV Vaccines to POTS)
Savannah explains that before the Gardasil shot, she was very active and athletic. She was in the process of joining a gym. Now, she has difficulties speaking and walking, and needs a feeding tube.
Despite Savannah being diagnosed with POTS, her prospects for obtaining compensation are doubtful. It may come as a surprise to many Americans, but vaccine manufacturers have legal immunity from injury claims in US courts. The following also is from the VaccineImpact.com website:
Most of the U.S. public is unaware that a U.S. citizen, by law, cannot sue a pharmaceutical company for damages resulting from vaccines. Congress gave them total legal immunity in 1986, and that law was upheld by the U.S. Supreme Court in 2011. There is a special “vaccine court” called the National Vaccine Injury Compensation Program that is funded through a tax on vaccines. If you are injured or killed by a vaccine, you must hire an attorney and fight tax-funded government attorneys to seek damages, as you cannot sue the drug manufacturers. It can take 10 years or longer to win your case and be compensated. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services usually publishes a report every couple months on settlements on their website. Here is the latest one.