There has been a lot of talk of Gardasil®'s side effects among concerned parents whose children have received the HPV Gardasil vaccine. Some side effects are concerning, and you should be aware of before deciding to give your child the vaccine.
gardasil potentially causing neurological problems
While the CDC is upfront about the potential side effects of Gardasil in the short run, there isn’t a lot of information about the potential for Gardasil side effects 10 years later.
One of the main concerns parents have is that the HPV vaccine can cause neurological problems. While these symptoms might not be apparent until years later, they often take just a few months to show up.
One study found that Japanese girls who received the vaccine reported the following symptoms:
- General fatigue
- Coldness in the feet
- General weakness
- Limb pain
However, what’s even more concerning is the cognitive dysfunction that many patients experience. The delayed manifestation of these symptoms means that they might have escaped notice in prior studies. Some of the most devastating symptoms can include:
- Memory loss
- Difficulty with calculation
- Difficulty with reading textbooks
Researchers previously attributed many of the first group of symptoms to psychosomatic disease. However, new research suggests it is due to abnormal peripheral sympathetic responses. Issues with the nervous system aren’t always apparent, but they can be lifelong and debilitating.
long-term side effects for men
A systematic review of the research that went into the trial studies that led to the approval of the HPV vaccine found that there was bias in all 24 clinical studies for which the researchers obtained data.
There was a severe underreporting of harms and incomplete assessment of risks. For example, studies stopped considering adverse effects if the participants reported them after a short period had already passed.
Many of the risks that women experience apply to men as well. Those include Guillain-Barré syndrome. In general, the HPV vaccine caused serious nervous system disorders, the systematic review concluded. It also increased general harms. General harms that the vaccine caused include headache, fatigue, and even new onset back pain.
While it did decrease precursors to HPV-related cancers, the risk-to-reward ratio was unclear.
One of the reasons the trials did not accurately identify side effects is that many neurological conditions are hard to attribute to a specific cause. In addition, the trial's main goal was to identify the vaccine's benefits and not its side effects.
long-term side effects for women
New research has called into question the conclusion of previous studies negating the link between the HPV vaccine and autoimmune diseases and other long-term conditions.
Researchers have found a statistical link between the vaccine and Guillain-Barré syndrome, an autoimmune disease in which cells attack the nervous system, causing tingling sensations in the limbs, weakness, an inability to walk or climb stairs, and more. While this usually occurs in the weeks following vaccination, there is no cure, and it can be lifelong.
In addition, the researchers found some evidence that the HPV vaccine can cause other long-term side effects.
There is a possible link between the vaccine and thyroiditis, for example, which is a group of conditions that cause inflammation in the thyroid and can lead to an underactive thyroid. Depending on the specific type of thyroid disease, it can lead to weight gain or weight loss, fatigue, and other symptoms.
what can i do if i think i am a victim?
If you or your child experienced harmful Gardasil side effects as a result of taking the HPV vaccine, you may be able to get financial compensation. Contact us to see if you qualify and to file your claim.