Cynthia A. Janak
July 22, 2007
Gardasil follow-up report: Medical alert
By Cynthia A. Janak

Last night I saw a commercial for Gardasil. It was a nice commercial and very enticing for the vaccination. It did cause me to wonder how our daughters were faring with the vaccine. That was yesterday, July 21, 2007, Saturday.

Today, July 22, 2007, Sunday, I write this article with heaviness in my heart and tears in my eyes. I do not want to write this article because it is difficult to find the right words but I know I must to warn the parents of children about the truth.

I went back to site and clicked on the link to the "National Vaccine Information Center." This site provides the public with the resource to research different vaccines.

This time I found 2207 reports of adverse reactions to Gardasil. This is an increase of 2125 new reports in 5 ˝ months since my last article on February 6th, 2007, where I reported only 82 reports. Oh, my dear God!

This finding caused a lump to well up in my throat. My heart went out to all the parents of those girls who must be blaming themselves for what happened. I can not imagine the pain that they must feel every time they look at their daughters and remember the suffering. It makes me want to cry.

I was compelled to search those statistics. I wanted to know and I wanted you to know the truth behind the vaccine. Here is what I found.

31 were considered life threatening. This is 1.4% of the girls reported.

1385 required the girls to go to the emergency room. That is 62.75% of the girls reported.

451 females at the time of the report had not recovered. That is 20.43% of the girls reported and more information was requested.

51 females were disabled when the report was filed. That is 2.31% of the girls reported and more information was requested.

5 girls died. Their ages were 12, 15, 19 and two the age was unknown at the time of the report. This is a death rate of .23%.

I then decided to go to the Judicial Watch web site to see what they have written about this vaccine. This was further upsetting to me. Here are some excerpts from their article dated, May 23, 2007.

"Three deaths were related to the vaccine. One physician's assistant reported that a female patient "died of a blood clot three hours after getting the Gardasil vaccine." Two other reports, on girls 12 and 19, reported deaths relating to heart problems and/or blood clotting."

"Side effects published by Merck & Co. warn the public about potential pain, fever, nausea, dizziness and itching after receiving the vaccine. Indeed, 77% of the adverse reactions reported are typical side effects to vaccinations. But other more serious side effects reported include paralysis, Bells Palsy, Guillain-Barre Syndrome, and seizures

"It looks as if an unproven vaccine with dangerous side effects is being pushed as a miracle drug."

According to VAERS the 15 year old died of acute respiratory distress syndrome. This young girl was in the hospital for 10 days before she passed. The horror that her family had to endure makes me want to cry.

A female of unknown age died from a blood clot. The blood clot was diagnosed 2 weeks after receiving the Gardasil vaccine. There was one other report of blood clotting in the legs of a North Caroline girl of unknown age. At the time of the report she was seeing her primary physician and more information was requested.

Judicial Watch stated Guillain-Barre Syndrome and Bells Palsy. Anyone considering the vaccination for their daughters needs to know this information.

Guillain-Barre Syndrome

What is Guillain-Barre Syndrome?

Guillain-Barré (ghee-yan bah-ray) syndrome is a disorder in which the body's immune system attacks part of the peripheral nervous system. The first symptoms of this disorder include varying degrees of weakness or tingling sensations in the legs. In many instances, the weakness and abnormal sensations spread to the arms and upper body. These symptoms can increase in intensity until the muscles cannot be used at all and the patient is almost totally paralyzed. In these cases, the disorder is life-threatening and is considered a medical emergency. The patient is often put on a respirator to assist with breathing. Most patients, however, recover from even the most severe cases of Guillain-Barré syndrome, although some continue to have some degree of weakness. Guillain-Barré syndrome is rare. Usually Guillain-Barré occurs a few days or weeks after the patient has had symptoms of a respiratory or gastrointestinal viral infection. Occasionally, surgery or vaccinations will trigger the syndrome. The disorder can develop over the course of hours or days, or it may take up to 3 to 4 weeks. No one yet knows why Guillain-Barré strikes some people and not others or what sets the disease in motion. What scientists do know is that the body's immune system begins to attack the body itself, causing what is known as an autoimmune disease. Guillain-Barré is called a syndrome rather than a disease because it is not clear that a specific disease-causing agent is involved. Reflexes such as knee jerks are usually lost. Because the signals traveling along the nerve are slower, a nerve conduction velocity (NCV) test can give a doctor clues to aid the diagnosis. The cerebrospinal fluid that bathes the spinal cord and brain contains more protein than usual, so a physician may decide to perform a spinal tap.

What is the prognosis?

Guillain-Barré syndrome can be a devastating disorder because of its sudden and unexpected onset. Most people reach the stage of greatest weakness within the first 2 weeks after symptoms appear, and by the third week of the illness 90 percent of all patients are at their weakest. The recovery period may be as little as a few weeks or as long as a few years. About 30 percent of those with Guillain-Barré still have a residual weakness after 3 years. About 3 percent may suffer a relapse of muscle weakness and tingling sensations many years after the initial attack.

Bells Palsy


Bells palsy is a condition that causes the facial muscles to weaken or become paralyzed. It's caused by trauma to the 7th cranial nerve, and is not permanent.


Approximately 50% of Bells palsy patients will have essentially complete recoveries in a short time. Another 35% will have good recoveries in less than a year.

Regardless of the trigger, Bell's palsy is best described as an event — trauma to the nerve. As with any other injury, healing follows. The quality and duration of recovery is dependent on the severity of the initial injury. If the nerve has suffered nothing more than a mild trauma, recovery can be very fast, taking several days to several weeks. An "average" recovery is likely to take between a few weeks and a few months. The nerve regenerates at a rate of approximately 1-2 millimeters per day, and can continue to regenerate for 18 months, probably even longer. Improvement of appearance can continue beyond that time frame.

What I am going to do now is put the Merck study numbers into perspective. The chart was taken from Merck's website. (The items in red are my inserts into the data. They are not in the report. These numbers are based on the fact that 320 is 8.4% of the total placebo group. I figured out the number of incidents per group and extracted 8.4% to get my final number. My numbers do not reflect actual occurrences. It is only an estimate.)

Table 7
All-cause Common Systemic Adverse Experiences

With this new information do you still think it is safe for the children of the United States of America? How many children must we sacrifice to Merck's Gardasil? I feel that one young life is too much to die in such a manner.

Our legislators are not stopping this travesty to our children. They all have to go. We need to stand strong and vote all of them out of office this next election. We need to find honest and strong leadership amongst the citizens of this wonderful country. It takes but one person to stand up and say, "I am not going to take this anymore and I want change now!" We need term limits and limits on the time they spend in Washington. If we all stand together at the voting booth we will make a statement that the United States of America citizens are united and want a government that is for the people and accountable to only the people. We need to have the largest turnout in history this next election. Please register to vote if you have not done so already.

Call your legislators and demand an investigation into Merck's practices. Demand that they ban the sale of Gardasil in the United States of America.

Here is another thing you can do. Whenever you see that Gardasil commercial on your local television station, please call the station manager and demand that they remove the commercial. This will also send a message to our government and Merck to stop trying to intimidate United States citizens to get dangerous vaccines.

Note: This note is to the families of all the young girls and women who have suffered because of this vaccine. You are in my heart and prayers and my tears are for you. May your God bless you.


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Lawrence A. Bossidy, Retired Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Honeywell International Inc. Director, J.P. Morgan Chase & Co. and Berkshire Hills Bancorp, Inc. Merck Director since 1992.


Richard T. Clark, CEO and president, Merck & Co., Inc., 2005; president, Merck Manufacturing Division, 2003-2005; chairman, Medco Health Solutions, Inc., 2002-2003; chairman, president and CEO, Medco Health Solutions, Inc. (formerly Merck-Medco Managed Care, L.L.C.), 2000-2002; executive vice president and COO, Merck-Medco, 1997-2000; senior vice president, Quality Commercial Affairs, MMD, 1997. Joined Merck in 1972.

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