Vaccine Injury Compensation Program: Gardasil Settlements

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:

HPV vax AE comparison

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.

 

Comments

  1. Dirty playing must be changed that’s why the US gov’t started no-fault to save going to court and getting Big Settlements We need A no-fault as we in Canada Cannot Win In OUR TORT COURT SYSTEM very unjust .

  2. Excellent article. The diagram clearly illustrates that the HPV vaccines are far more dangerous than other vaccines. It is a disgrace and a gross insult to the many who are suffering injuries from HPV vaccines that ridiculously few cases are awarded settlements.
    The serious adverse reactions, disabilities and deaths statistics are tragic.

    There are many unanswered questions.

    CHLAMYDIA
    Is this dramatic situation due to a destabilization of microbial flora, so that when the HPV vaccine suppresses some elements others have risen to replace them – like nature playing seesaw?

    INFERTILITY
    Is the extremely worrying situation due to the fact that Gardasil contains polysorbate, a known infertility agent?
    Is l-histidine causing destabilization of the delicate hormonal balance ? Histamine is naturally produced in the body during the menstrual cycle and l-histidine may cause an overload of histamine resulting in further hormonal imbalance.
    Has the medical establishment ever focused on fact that our bodies, especially those of young people, are strongly affected by the intricate, fluctuating balance of hormones; and that the extra burden of drugs including vaccines, may destabilize the hormonal balance?

    ABORTIONS AND CONGENITAL ANOMALIES
    Does the illustration showing the sickening influence of the HPV vaccines also include cases of abortions where the fetuses present congenital anomalies? Nature is known to abort fetuses which have weaknesses. How many fetuses are aborted because of weaknesses and deformities which are caused by the HPV vaccines?

    I contacted the European Medicines Agency for access to a study by teratologists regarding congenital deformities in connection with Gardasil.
    Access to the study was refused.
    http://www.cdc.gov/vaccines/acip/meetings/downloads/min-archive/min-jun06.pdf

    Thousands of young African girls who attend school are being lined up and jabbed with Gardasil. They may be pregnant without realising it. Many may give birth to deformed babies. Who cares?

    The Gardasil manufacturer Merck has subscribed for access to the well maintained registers for pregnancy outcomes and congenital anomalies for the Scandinavian countries. These figures will probably be presented as representative for other countries which do not have complete or reliable registers. The pregnancy register has apparently now been discontinued, implying that Merck has attained sufficient figures to enable them to manipulate and present statistics as they so wish.

    The tsunami of immense suffering and tragedies due to the HPV vaccines MUST be stopped.

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