Gardasil is a newly-developed vaccine against HPV, a common sexually transmitted virus that can cause genital warts, pre-cancerous lesions, and several types of cancer. Unfortunately, in rare cases, the Gardasil vaccine itself causes serious harm. For example, an allergic reaction or neurological disorder could cause severe injury, permanent disability, or death.
Gardasil is a vaccine against Human papillomavirus (HPV). This virus is one of the most common sexually transmitted infections, with about 50% of sexually active males and females infected at some point in their lifetime. Of the 70+ strains of HPV, dozens are known to cause genital warts, pre-cancerous lesions, and cancers of the cervix, anus, vagina, and vulva.
One way to prevent these diseases is with an HPV vaccine, such as Gardasil. This vaccine was developed by Merck & Co. and was first sold in the U.S. in 2006. Since then, at least 26 million doses have been administered.
Health experts now recommend that most boys and girls between the ages of 9 and 26 get an HPV vaccine. Gardasil is the only HPV vaccine approved for both boys and girls.
Gardasil Side Effects
Like all vaccines and medications, Gardasil has side effects — ranging from mild irritation at the injection site to a whole-body allergic reaction that causes death. The risk of serious side effects is far lower than the risk of getting HPV, genital warts, or cervical cancer if you are sexually active. Cervical cancer is the second leading cause of cancer among women, with 12,000 new diagnoses and 4,000 deaths every year in the U.S.
Of more than 12,400 adverse event reports linked to Gardasil, only around 6% have been described as serious. The most serious side effects (death, pulmonary embolism, etc.) can usually be explained with causes other than Gardasil.
Common side effects of Gardasil include:
- Fainting, which could potentially cause serious injury if the patient is not sitting down
- Pain, redness, and swelling at the site of the injection
In rare cases, Gardasil has been linked to severe, life-threatening side effects. These side effects are so rare that it is difficult for experts to know for sure whether Gardasil is responsible. Experts are still collecting and reviewing adverse event reports about the risk of severe Gardasil side effects.
Severe Gardasil side effects may include, but are not limited to the following:
- Allergic reaction, which could be life-threatening or deadly (also known as anaphylaxis or anaphylactic shock)
- Neurological illness
- Blood clots
- Pulmonary embolism (blood clot in the lungs)
- Guillain-Barré Syndrome (GBS)
- High fever
- And more
Gardasil Vaccine Injury Claim
Do you have a Gardasil vaccine injury claim? The federal government has established a special fund to help you, called the Vaccine Injury Compensation Program (VICP). Each VICP claim could be eligible for up to $250,000 in financial compensation. Claims are filed in a special federal Vaccine Court, where experts decide whether there is a high probability that the injury was caused by the vaccine. When the experts are convinced, they award financial compensation to help the victims of vaccine injuries.
Are you eligible for a Gardasil vaccine injury claim?
- Gardasil must have harmed you, your child, or your family member. Legal guardians may also apply.
- Gardasil must have caused a very serious injury. This means that the vaccine must have caused an injury that lasted for at least six months, caused permanent disability or death, or required hospitalization or surgery.
- Your Gardasil vaccine injury claim must be filed quickly after the injury or death occurs. You have three years for an injury claim, two years for a claim for death, and four years for an injury that eventually causes a death.