By Norma Erickson
From May 16 to August 16, 2013, five Gardasil cases were awarded settlements under Vaccine Injury Compensation Program (VICP) in the United States. It is no secret how difficult it is to win a case for vaccine injuries under the current system. Therefore, when a settlement is granted it is only logical to assume doctors and parents should be warned to watch for symptoms and conditions exhibited in those cases.
According to a report from the Department of Justice, dated 5 Sept 2013, during the last quarter final decisions were made on 120 injury claims made under the vaccine injury compensation program.
Disposition of these 120 cases:
- 32 were reviewed by the special masters and dismissed
- HHS conceded 9 cases and offered settlements (amounts undisclosed)
- 79 cases went to hearings and were awarded settlements
Fifty of the 79 cases that went to hearings involved flu vaccines. Five involved adverse reactions after the HPV vaccine Gardasil. Considering how long flu vaccines have been on the market versus the few years Gardasil has been administered, this is only the tip of the proverbial iceberg.
List of ‘alleged’ injuries after Gardasil administration:
- Immunological injury and/or reactivation of a latent herpes simplex virus infection
- Chronic neutrophilic urticaria
- Rheumatoid arthritis, systemic lupus erythematosus, connective tissue disorder
- Severe abdominal pain and other symptoms
- Joint pain, muscle pain, numbness of hands and feet, fatigue, hair loss, weight loss, night sweats, difficulty sleeping, and mouth sores
It is important to note that Gardasil is so new to the vaccine market that there are no injuries listed on the VICP injury table. If a person experiences an injury that is listed on this table within the time period specified and there are no confounding factors, HHS may concede the case and offer a settlement. Since Gardasil has no such injuries listed on the table, the person filing the claim is responsible for demonstrating a plausible mechanism by which the vaccine could have caused the injuries experienced after vaccination.
Take a look at the chart below comparing VAERS reports after HPV vaccines versus the other 13 vaccines recommended by the CDC for the same age group. Pay particular attention to the red line across the bottom of the chart. This is the average number of reports that would be expected if all vaccines were created equal:
Parents and medical practitioners need to be aware that adverse event reports are filed at a much higher rate than any other vaccine approved for administration to the same age group.
Medical practitioners need to be aware of the injuries which are being compensated under the VICP after HPV vaccine administration and watch for them. The possibility of vaccine injury is real – particularly with HPV vaccines.
Parents need to know adverse event reports after HPV vaccines represent an unusually high percentage of the VAERS (Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System) database. Any new medical condition after HPV vaccination should be closely watched. The possibility of it being vaccine-related is very real.
Be an informed medical consumer, NOT a medical subject. You are not a guinea pig.