US vaccine court pays $6 million to Gardasil victims, most claims not yet settled

“This new information from the government shows that the serious safety concerns about the use of Gardasil have been well-founded,” said Judicial Watch President Tom Fitton.  “Public health officials should stop pushing Gardasil on children.”

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Documents Obtained by Judicial Watch Reveal 200 Claims Filed with HHS for HPV Vaccine Injuries and Deaths, 49 Compensated 

Documents Reveal that the National Vaccine Injury Compensation Program (VICP) has Paid Out Nearly $6 million in Claims to Victims of Controversial HPV (human papillomavirus) Vaccine, including Families of Two Dead

(Washington, DC) – Judicial Watch announced today that it has received documents from the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) revealing that its National Vaccine Injury Compensation Program (VICP) has awarded $5,877,710 dollars to 49 victims in claims made against the highly controversial HPV (human papillomavirus) vaccines. To date 200 claims have been filed with VICP, with barely half adjudicated.

The documents came in response to a February 28, 2013, Judicial Watch lawsuit against HHS to force the department to comply with a November 1, 2012, Judicial Watch Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request (Judicial Watch v. U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (No. 1:13-cv-00197)). On March 12, 2013, The Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), an agency of HHS, provided Judicial Watch with documents revealing the following information:

  • Only 49 of the 200 claims filed have been compensated for injury or death caused from the (HPV) vaccine.  Of the 49 compensated claims 47 were for injury caused from (HPV) vaccine the additional 2 claims were for death caused due to the vaccine.
  • 92 (nearly half) of the total 200 claims filed are still pending.  Of those pending claims 87 of the claims against (HPV) vaccine were filed for injury, the remaining 5 claims were filed for death.
  • 59 claims have been dismissed outright by VICP.  The alleged victims were not compensated for their claims against the HPV vaccine.  Of the claims dismissed, 57 were for injuries, 2 were for deaths allegedly caused by the HPV vaccine.
  • The amount awarded to the 49 claims compensated totaled 5,877,710.87 dollars. This amounts to approximately $120,000 per claim.

VICP is a Health and Human Services program that compensates patients who have been adversely affected by certain vaccines. The HHS web site describes the program as a “no-fault alternative to the traditional tort system,” and it covers 16 specific classes of vaccines, including HPV vaccines which were added in 2007.

From its inception, the use of HPV (human papillomavirus) vaccines for sexually transmitted diseases has been hotly disputed.  According to the Annals of Medicine: “At present there are no significant data showing that either Gardasil or Cervarix (GlaxoSmithKline) can prevent any type of cervical cancer since the testing period employed was too short to evaluate long-term benefits of HPV vaccination.”

“This new information from the government shows that the serious safety concerns about the use of Gardasil have been well-founded,” said Judicial Watch President Tom Fitton.  “Public health officials should stop pushing Gardasil on children.”

In addition to obtaining records from the FDA through the agency’s Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System (VAERS) which has documented thousands of adverse reactions to Gardasil, Judicial Watch also published a special report in 2008 detailing Gardasil’s approval process, side effects, safety concerns and marketing practices.

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30 Responses to US vaccine court pays $6 million to Gardasil victims, most claims not yet settled

  1. James Brenner says:

    Gardasil was developed and on the market in 6 months, with FDA approval.

    ALSO The FDA website has ZERO mention that the vaccine was ever tested on males, yet the CDC says the vaccine is “recommended for all teen boys and men through age 21.” LUDICROUS!

    It is NOT the LOVING & benevolent government who is protecting people (as this article implies). The GOVERNMENT is RUN by Big Pharma and It’s CRIMINAL behavior is THE PROBLEM!

    HPV vaccines have been illegally administered to millions without informed consent as the risks rarely disclosed.

  2. Dr Julie ZImmerer says:

    Please tell me how I can file a claim. Our daughter spent 11 months under treatment for demyelination of the brain and antiphosophlipid antibody syndrome causing blood clots and stroke with chorea. She has symptom and kidney failure due to the chemo that saved her life. Our doctors reported the adverse reaction to the cdc in 2010.

    • The Refusers says:

      Julie,
      Sorry to hear about your daughter.

      You better move fast, statute of limitations is 3 years. You need to get a lawyer ASAP. I have no recommendation, sorry.

      ‘You must file your claim within 3 years after the first symptom of the vaccine injury or within 2 years of a death and 4 years after the start of the first symptom of the vaccine injury that resulted in the death.’

      http://www.hrsa.gov/vaccinecompensation/fileclaim.html

  3. Amber says:

    Hello. I had the Gardasil shot about 3 years ago. But last March in 2012 i started with a lot of medical problems. Auto-immune problems, thyroid problems, hives, itching, swelling of my joints and extremely painful joints. I have been to about 6 different specialists and no one has been able to help me. I read on the website thetruthaboutgardisil.org a lot of my problems were listed and was wondering what I should do. Also recently I was just diagnosed with HPV.

    • The Refusers says:

      Better file with the National Vaccine Injury Compensation Program ASAP, 3 year statute of limitations.

      http://www.hrsa.gov/vaccinecompensation/index.html

      Better educate yourself about vaccines so you don’t repeat the mistake.

      Good luck.

    • Drina says:

      Hello Amber I have a Couple Questions for you? I received all 3 Gardasil shots around 2008 and I am now highly allergic to just about everything. I Get constant hives and swelling. I also have Developed something called Menieres Disease. I have constant Vertigo issues and have been in and out of the hospitals for years. I literally can have something gently scratch my skin and it will welt up instantly.I have also dealt with many abnormal paps after getting the vaccination. I now have had my 7th Biopsy, a Cyro Freeze, a Leep Surgery and still now answers on to what is going on in my body. I’m now just putting it all together and leads me back to the Shot. There has got to be something we can do! Im not worried about the money, I just want to feel good again and live a normal life. Anyone with advice Please let me know. I know everyone is saying 3 years is the allotted time to file. But I have so many new issues weekly I am being treated for that sound so similar to many of you.

      • Casey says:

        Drina,
        I also had the shots about 2 years ago and am struggling with some of the same symptoms you are.. I don’t have the vertigo issues but for a full year I suffered from INSANE hives… anything that touched my skin immediately sent me reeling into hive-world, my joints swelled and even my face would swell so badly that I looked like a funhouse mirror. After unsuccessfully seeing about 6 different doctors I finally started seeing a holistic doctor who has basically cured me! She immediately made the connection about the HPV shot and started me on a steroid spray thats purpose is to flush the vaccine out of my system. I’ve also learned through my doctor that hives and swelling of the joints are caused by failure of the liver to function. So I’m also on several herbal pills that promote healthy liver function. So with NO USE of traditional medicine, just taking my herbal supplements and eating a mostly “pale” diet I have made and almost full recovery, and i saw that i was reacting positively to her treatment almost immediately. The shot was also affecting my reproductive system and it looked like I was going to be unable to have kids, my doctor has also addressed this issue and it looks like after a few months of the treatment i’ve gone through my hopes of being a mother are back on the table. It’s truly a miracle what your body can do if you just stop pumping it full of medication (I was taking around 6 benadryl a day because my other doctors thought the hives were “allergy related”.) I would recommend finding a holistic doctor in your area. I’m not sure where you’re from but my doctor is in Birmingham AL. Some holistic doctors are kooks but mine is a miracle worker. Here is her website if you’re interested in looking it over: http://www.simplerealhealing.com
        I’ll be praying for your recovery and for all of the other people who are suffering from this stupid drug. Let me know if there’s any other info i can provide you with.

        • Michelle Rhine says:

          Please HELP, my daughter has been sick on and off now for a couple of years, has seen every type of specialist…been on a lot of medicine, and every doctors seems to think she has some type of “syndrome”..this is so real and painful…they said fybromalgia, vestibular migraines, mono…..blah,blah,blah….we are pulling her off most of her meds now, trying to go a nutritional route…I need to find a doctor to see if they will say what she has is from that horrible vaccine…please email me back if you can, we are so desperate for answers. It breaks my heart reading all of your stories.

  4. Brittany says:

    How can I get a lawsuit, I had to get one of my ovaries cut out because they found a really big cyst and I’m still hurting because I got one ovary left and I want kids but it don’t look like I will. Please some one help me get a lawsuit on this shot.

  5. Denise says:

    My daughter received the HPV shots in 2007. She has been having chronic pelvic pain since that time. We never correlated her symptoms to the vaccine because we were told she had and was being treated for other illnesses. I only realized today that she is having the same symptoms cited in this research. Is it too late to file a claim as we did not know or had reason to suspect that the vaccine was the source of her problems? I should be three years from the date of knowledge given we had no reason to suspect a vaccine could be the culprit. No doctor we saw ever suggested that the vaccine could be the problem.

    • The Refusers says:

      The compensation program limit is 3 years. That isn’t flexible. Their purpose is to protect the vaccine industry that injured your daughter.

      Good luck.

  6. Brittani Martin says:

    I had the Gardasil shot in 2008 and I was only 15, I was a teenager. Now that I am married and trying to settle down and have kids. I have been informed I am not able to become a parent. I believe that Gardasil is the #1 reason, and would appreciate some advice if anyone has some on what I can do. We were never informed about any side effects when the shots were given. I am very upset about not being able to be a parent. I just realized about a week ago that Gardasil must be the reason for my infertility!! Any suggestions greatly appreciated!

  7. Nancy Sheldon says:

    The Pharmacy companies should not have protection! In 2008 my daughter received the Gardasil series. Our doctor highly pushed her to get it. I researched, but at the time it vacine was so new there weren’t any adverse symptoms reported. Her first injection was given the same time as her allergy shot. Whether or not this was a factor we will never know. She started with abdominal pains and migrains soon after. Her entire system was thrown into chaos. She fluctuated between days of being feverous to freezing. The migraines and abdominal pain got so bad we went from specialist to specialist and no one had answers. We even made several trips to MSU’s medical center. She endured spinal taps, gastrointestinal camera tests, multiple ultra-sounds, brain scans. The list of doctors and tests is unbelievable. At the time I met with several lawyers to find that there was no basis for recouping the horendous medical costs. Now, it is too late for us to enter into any of the class action because too much time has passed. This is not right for consumers! MERC should pay and continue to pay for every girls loss for ever! They rushed this vacine into the doctor’s offices and paid the doctor’s to endorse their vacine that was not tested long enough. How many sick girls’s, how many death’s have to happen before the multi-million dollar pharmacutical companies pay attention? American’s health should be number one in their minds at all times. Such a shame. Luckily my daughter has lived and only has a few lasting symptoms. I will hold this guilt in my heart as long as I live. Nancy L. Sheldon

  8. Claudia says:

    I just recently have started to put two and two together. My son was given this about 2 years ago. He is constantly fatigued, migraines, neck and shoulder pain, fainting and dizzy spells. It all started since he got this set of shots. Any lawyers in CA that you would recommend?

    • Ayden says:

      Hi there,

      I just saw your comment and had to post for the first time. I had a Gardasil shot when I was 15 or 16 and I am now 24. I developed all kinds of unexplained issues which started with severe migraines and neck pain and developed into intense shoulder, back, and joint pain as well. I was always exhausted, ill, and unable to do things that everyone else seemed to be able to do. To this day I have neck, back, and shoulder issues and joint pain. My mother emailed me about the recent lawsuits and thought it might be related.

      I am also in CA but don’t know if there could be a lawsuit since it is past the 3 year limit…then again I think that is for the compensation program. Best of luck to you and your son.

  9. Claudia Briggs says:

    Casey,
    Would you be willing to share what treatment you received that got your reproductive system back on track? I am afraid for my daughter who recently started to have menstrual difficulties (related to new found ovarian problems) and the only link is the Gardasil vaccine she received several years ago. She had no previous menstrual difficulties & has no family history to explain what is going on with her. I would appreciate any information you could give me regarding what measures can be taken to prevent infertility. I am praying for all of you! God bless!

  10. Rakhee says:

    Hi what advice do you have for people affected by Guardasil out side of the US. I’m based in India ( New Delhi) and all my symptoms started after the shot. I went to mt Pediat ( who gave me and recommended the shot) but he said he escalated it to MSD and they came back ( after months) with a response to him ( my pediat and not me) that they have included these symptoms in their list to investigate or warn people about adverse reactions. What hogwash!

    I got the 2nd Guardasil shot around mid April and soon i started> experiencing TIAs or Transient Ischemic Attacks on my fingers, feet
    and face, even leading to slurring a few times. I was tested and
    scanned and told i have infarctions in my left brain. Further scans (
    MRI, PET-CT, CT Angiograms etc) confirmed that i have atleast 3
    segments in my MCA and ICA ( carotid artery sections in the brain) constricted severely and its branches on the left side were far less
    than the right. I was also asked to go thru numerous blood tests too.
    I can share the exact wording of reports should you be interested. The
    Angiograms reveal there is no plaque in arteries so according to
    doctors the thickening of arteries has been caused by possible
    inflammation that occurred and not diet, cholesterol ( which i dont
    have excess of anyways) and neither is there any evidence of family
    history of congenital issues or cerebro-vascular diseases. Anyways, as result I’m now at risk of strokes or paralyses should the blood flow to the brain be adversely effected. I was put on blood thinners and statin drugs by doctors to avoid this situation. These drugs have their own long term side-effects, not to mention the larger risk of an actual stroke, which can be fatal.

  11. Brittany says:

    Do I get some of the settlement

  12. Krissa DeGrande says:

    Hi in 2008 I was diagnosed with Gillian Barre syndrome caused from this vaccine.I started having lots of seizures.migraines.then my feet went numb.everyday I became weaker and weaker to the point where I was completely paralyzed.no hospital was able to prove what was going on with me until a spinal tap and emg were done.at that point I was incontinent.completely paralyzed.and close so death.I am now 24 and struggle with regular everyday activities.I pushed myself to move again and I am now mobile.although I was told I would never walk or have kids.I have sever nerve damage which causes chronic pain.I’ve been diagnosed with one after another following the Gillian Barre I’ll have for life.I suffer from seizures.fibromyalgia.joint and muscle pain.heart problems.it’s ruined my life.my doctor nearly pushed me to get the vaccine.little did I know I would be close to my death bed at 18.I’m grateful to be alive but I suffer everyday.In 2008-2009 I had a lawyer.but the vaccine was so new it was hard to prove that was the cause.I see the statue of limitation is 3 years…there must be something I can do…please help me

  13. Ashley says:

    How can I make a claim ? I am 18 years old and had the first shot of gardasil a month ago. I became very ill , and came to the conclusion that I had metal poisoning. This has caused my body a great deal of complications including a heart murmur and hyperthyroidism.

    • The Refusers says:

      Get in touch with Sanevax for more info from other victims: http://sanevax.org/

      Govt. vaccine compensation program is here: http://www.hrsa.gov/vaccinecompensation/index.html

      Get a lawyer and don’t wait too long, the statute of limitations runs out. Maybe sanevax can help with a lawyer suggestion, I don’t have any.

      Good luck and find a top natural doctor to help get the aluminum from the vaccine out of your body, quickly. Chelation.

  14. Elizabeth says:

    Right… I remember how this was going to save girls from disease. When will people learn that big corporations DO NOT CARE. If they are making a profit, then walk away. Nonprofits aren’t exempt from this either… because many can set up NPs as a front for an ulterior motive, which happens quite a bit. Do research on everything and go where others tell you not to go as far as information is concerned.

    Big Bro/Big Biz = probably not in our best interest. Staying healthy is quite simple if you live by the standards your body sets for you. Get enough sleep, don’t party too hard, avoid junk food, oxygenate your body/blood, exercise and free your mind from nonsense on the TV (remember, ‘news’ could be classified as entertainment, because there is no law stating that news has to be factual, otherwise, all the news would be the same POV, minus the obvious opinions that would have to be stated as opinion.

  15. Emily Rawson says:

    I had received one dose of the Gardasil shot, in which my doctor of the time pushed and pushed for me to get it. One day my feet and legs became numb and my mother had taken me to the ER, they had done several tests through taking blood work, and then a spinal tap. They said everything had seemed fine. After three years, I have been to several specialist whom seem to find nothing wrong with me. At first my legs were just going numb but as time progressed i feel like I’m dying inside. Everyday it becomes a struggle to do everyday tasks. Every now in then my legs and arms will fall asleep in a sense that they get a tingly numbness to them, my body aches like iv never felt before, my back pain has become more and more of a problem, i feel weak, and i am constantly tired to where i can’t go a full day without taking a nap or resting for a long period of time. I tell my parents all the time i feel like i am an old lady inside, its like my body is falling apart. I work at a gas station working eight hour shifts three-four days a week. Every time i work it is a struggle to stand for those eight hours, my body will ache, my back throbs, and i feel extremely weak. I can’t remember the last time it felt like to be normal, to not have the struggle to do everyday life tasks.

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