HPV vaccine in Carmen de Bolivar: A tragedy foretold

By Mario Lamo-Jiménez

SaneVax-FeaturedColombia: There are already more than 300 cases of girls in Carmen de Bolivar reporting symptoms of fainting, shortness of breath and weakness in the limbs. What do these girls have in common? All received Gardasil, a vaccine that supposedly helps prevent cervical cancer, which they say may be caused by the human papillomavirus.

According to a local teacher, the girls in Carmen de Bolivar received their first dose of Gardasil in July 2013 after which reported reactions were similar to other vaccines (redness, swelling, pain at the injection site, etc…). The second dose was administered on the 20th of March 2014. Several girls reacted immediately and much more severely, reporting dizziness, syncope, and severe headaches. By May 29th to the 30th, the situation had turned into a full-blown crisis with scores of girls being admitted to local emergency room facilities to be treated for fainting, shortness of breath, weakness in the limbs etc…

The government emphatically denies that the vaccine is causing these symptoms. However, parents of girls affected disagree.

For the first time in the history of Colombia, and perhaps the world, there is a massive protest because of a vaccine that is apparently making people sick instead of protecting them.

Some family members have staged peaceful protest marches to demand immediate investigations; others burned tires in protest and blocked a main road that connects a coastal town of Colombia with the interior of the country.

Photo Credit: Picture published by the Colombian Daily Newspaper El Tiempo, on September 3, 2014. Signs say: “We want a solution”,   “Vaccines that kill and organized crime”, “We want healthy girls without the side effects of the vaccines of the HPV”, and finally, “Mass suggestion but in the Ministry of Health because of the 400 girls, victims of the vaccine.”

Photo Credit: Picture published by the Colombian Daily Newspaper El Tiempo, on September 3, 2014. Signs say: “We want a solution”, “Vaccines that kill and organized crime”, “We want healthy girls without the side effects of the vaccines of the HPV”, and finally, “Mass suggestion but in the Ministry of Health because of the 400 girls, victims of the vaccine.”

As reported by the Colombian newspaper El Tiempo, one of the parents, Hector Pineda, said:

“It is not possible for the Health Minister to say that the vaccine that was used has nothing to do with the strange symptoms experienced by our daughters. We were all expecting an answer to so many questions that we have; the Minister tried to tone down the facts, suggesting that some people were taking advantage of the system and even that there were girls who were not vaccinated and had the same symptoms”.

The head of toxicology at Saint Joseph Hospital Bogotá, Dr. Camilo Uribe, where some of the girls were treated, has publicly stated that the symptoms are “bizarre” and there are things that are still not understood in the case, but that definitely the girls’ illnesses are not caused by the vaccine!

The question is, if there are ‘things that are still not understood,’ how can any doctor categorically state the symptoms are not associated with the vaccine?

What’s more, the symptoms experienced by many girls are identical to those of a patient that Dr. Uribe personally treated: muscle weakness, shortness of breath, joint pain, etc., and blood tests indicating a high level of aluminum. All these symptoms appeared after the third Gardasil shot. After a detoxification treatment, this patient showed improvement.

Every disease in the world has a set of symptoms (diagnostic criteria) doctors use to determine what illness is being exhibited in their patients. Is there no diagnostic criteria established for suspected adverse reactions to vaccines?

Why is it that the head of toxicology at St. Joseph Hospital cannot explain why so many girls are suffering similar symptoms when the only major change in all of their lives is recent Gardasil injections? How can he be so sure the symptoms are not associated with the vaccine?

Parents are angry, and rightly so. Their daughters became ill after vaccination and the government claims the symptoms of the girls are not associated with the vaccine. The government says that perhaps these symptoms are caused by unexplained environmental causes, psychological problems, or by playing with Ouija boards!

This tragedy in Colombia was fully preventable and no surprise. Congress approved a law by which the vaccine would be “free and compulsory”. Congress did not know the consequences of the law it was sanctioning since it never investigated whether or not this vaccine had any side effects, as it clearly does.

Now the Minister and Deputy Minister of Health say, without any scientific basis, that since there haven’t been any studies the adverse reactions of the girls in Carmen de Bolivar are not linked to the vaccine. Through the art of sophistry and misdirection they have made the following statements to the mass media:

  • The girls were being affected by Ouija boards,
  • The girls shared symptoms through social media,
  • The girls are victims of mass hysteria and,
  • After conducting some initial tests – the girls suffer from lead poisoning.

Here are the facts:

The vaccine contains an adjuvant, aluminum, which can cause serious neurological problems if not eliminated by the body within 48 hours of application of the vaccine.

The medical experts I have consulted in the United States, including the researcher Lloyd Phillips, have said that this vaccine was made for people with a perfect immune system (which does not exist) and that any genetic variation can cause the aluminum in the vaccine to be impossible to remove from the body, which may then cause autoimmune disease.

In the case of the girls in Carmen de Bolivar, the Ministry of Health is diverting attention from the vaccine and instead is looking for environmental causes for these girls’ symptoms, such as lead poisoning, when in fact they should be looking for the presence of aluminum from the vaccine is contained in the blood.

In my opinion, this is a nothing more than a smoke screen, an attempt to prevent the discovery of the relationship between symptoms and the Gardasil vaccine.

It has been reported that a group of specialists sent to Carmen de Bolivar is now evaluating ‘food and how it is cooked’ in the three schools that have the highest number of cases, as well as in the homes of the children to see if there is a causal relationship to the symptoms, which according to them are explained by lead poisoning. They completely ignore that in Colombia most people cook their food in aluminum pots, which is highly detrimental to health and a hazardous combination if girls are also being injected with aluminum.

If the specialists decide a priori that the vaccine is NOT the cause of the symptoms, which seems to be what is happening, what we are facing is the concealment of a health hazard that is disguised as a vaccine.

The negative effects of the vaccine are not limited to the town of Carmen de Bolívar. They have been presented in several other cities in Colombia such as Medellin, Cali, Sincelejo, Bogotá, Codazzi, and Valledupar, among others.

In Colombia, there has already been one case reported of another possible side effect of Gardasil that is being researched: sterility.

Spanish endocrinologist, Carme Valls reported in an interview published in the Colombian newspaper, El Espectador:

“There have been cases of girls who have experienced ovarian failure after the application of the vaccine, which means that they have been left menopausal at 20 years of age. In Spain there are two cases. In the United States there is a specialized group that has compiled information about the deaths due to the side effects of the HPV vaccine.”

Is Health Minister, Alejandro Gaviria, being less than truthful, very misinformed, or simply protecting the big interests behind the vaccine when he stated the following to reporters, referring to Gardasil:

“There have been nearly 170 million doses administered worldwide without any health risk.”

He ignores the fact that there are victims who have died after Gardasil administration in other countries; that the United States is paying money to Gardasil victims who have won their case in the Vaccine Injury Court; that the vaccine has been rejected in Japan, withdrawn in India and that legal actions have been filed in Spain against the manufacturer Merck and the Health Ministry of that country.

The Colombian Ministry of Health has NOT conducted ​​any scientific studies about the vaccine; it only repeats that the vaccine is safe because the World Health Organization has said so.

In short, health officials seem to be ignoring all the empirical and scientific evidence. Are they being dishonest or simply misinformed when they state that there are no health risks? Do they forget that even the manufacturer Merck has warned of certain risks?

In Colombia, all the international studies that have found that adverse reactions to Gardasil can kill or leave a person disabled are being ignored. Not all girls have the same reactions to the vaccine. In the specific case of Gardasil, genetic variations of individuals may play a very important role. Perhaps, in the case of Carmen de Bolivar, the vaccine was given to a genetic group especially susceptible to the vaccine. It is unfortunate the Colombian “experts” are not even contemplating this possibility.

The Ministry of Health continues to proclaim in their statements to the press that the vaccine is completely safe, seemingly relying on an almost religious faith in certain authorities and towing the line of the higher powers of the multinational pharmaceutical industry instead of using scientific reasoning.

Indeed, it would be very difficult for the Colombian government to publicly admit they may have made a mistake. Neglecting to perform thorough investigations of the matter is compounding that error by committing a crime against the health of Colombian girls and young women.

We are talking about a vaccine that can kill, leave girls with permanent physical injuries and also cause sterility.

We must demand that the Colombian government immediately suspend the application of this vaccine, because the more “successful” the government is applying it, the more victims appear.

And, worst of all, as expressed by the mother of one of the girl victims in Carmen de Bolivar, her daughter came home vaccinated and sick.

Neither the parents nor the girl were asked for consent before administering the vaccine to her and to her fellow students. They were simply vaccinated, like animals.

Read this article in Spanish here,

Learn more about the situation in Colombia in this French article.



  1. The suffering of hundreds of young girls in Colombia after the HPV vaccines is deeply tragic. Additionally, the lives of thousands of relatives and carers are affected. The myriad of adverse reactions is similar to that which is occurring in one country after another in connection with implementation of HPV vaccine programs.

    It is extremely difficult for doctors to diagnose vaccine injuries as they are rarely trained in this field. Symptoms vary considerably and may first occur up to years after vaccinations. There are no diagnostic criteria established for vaccine injuries. When the cause of an illness cannot be found there is a tendency to stick a psychosomatic disorder label on the patient. However, it is not logical to deem adverse reactions experienced by the vaccinated girls as psychosomatic or due to mass hysteria.

    It was confirmed that no scientists at the public hearing believed that psychosomatic reactions could cause the reported cases of sudden unexpected death in sleep and inflammation of the brain.

    A most significant issue which should be investigated is the potential adverse effect of ALUMINIUM which is present in considerable amounts in the vaccines.
    “It has been shown that aluminium migrates through the body to the brain, where it accumulates, potentially causing many adverse effects: convulsions, fainting spells, Guillain-Barré syndrome, transverse myelitis, facial paralysis, chronic fatigue syndrome, autoimmune diseases, pulmonary embolisms, macrophagic myofasciitis, pancreatitis and even death”.
    Dr. Tomljenovic:
    “- Is it ethical to put young women at risk of death or a disabling autoimmune neurodegenerative disease at a pre-adolescent age for a vaccine that has not yet prevented a single case of cervical cancer, a disease that may develop 20-30 years after exposure to HPV, when the same can be prevented with regular Pap screening which carries no risk?”

    It is essential that the vaccination program be immediately halted, a thorough and independent investigation of the cause of the girls’ illnesses be carried out and that all those affected be helped. Importantly, the investigations should be independent and include hair/ follicle analysis especially regarding the presence of aluminium.

    Financial help for payment of these tests should be granted, preferably by the authorities. If this is not immediately forthcoming, perhaps a private benefactor would consider making a donation for this purpose?

    The lives of countless precious young girls are at stake.


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