The Gardasil HPV vaccine is recommended for most teenaged boys and girls, to prevent a sexually transmitted infection that can cause genital warts and several cancers. In rare cases, Gardasil can have serious side effects — including serious injury, permanent disability, or death.
Gardasil is an HPV vaccine that was developed by Merck & Co. and was first sold in the United States in 2006. It is a recommended vaccination for girls and boys between the ages of 9 and 26, and it prevents sexually transmitted infection from the Human papillomavirus (HPV). This virus infects approximately 50% of sexually active males and females, and certain strains of HPV can cause genital warts, pre-cancers, and cancers of the cervix, anus, vagina, and vulva.
Gardasil Side Effects
The risk of Gardasil side effects is far lower than the risk of cervical cancer, which is caused by HPV. Every year, approximately 12,000 women are diagnosed with cervical cancer, and 4,000 of these women die from the disease. Globally, cervical cancer is the second most common cause of cancer in women.
Since 2006, more than 23 millions doses of Gardasil have been administered, and there have been at least 12,424 reports of side effects. Of these, around 6% were described as serious side effects — including 32 reports of death (which may have been caused by Gardasil or other factors).
The most common Gardasil side effects included the following:
- 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, the Gardasil vaccine has been linked to far more serious, life-threatening, or deadly side effects. Some of these side effects are so rare that it is difficult to determine whether they were caused by Gardasil. Because Gardasil has only been in use for a few years, experts are still reviewing evidence about the risk of side effects.
Severe side effects of Gardasil 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
If you, your child, or your loved one was injured by the Gardasil HPV vaccine, you could be entitled to $250,000 in financial compensation from the Vaccine Injury Compensation Program (VICP). This fund was established in 1989 by the federal government, which wished to help people injured by vaccines while also protecting vaccine manufacturers from vaccine lawsuits.
If you qualify for a VICP vaccine injury claim, you could be entitled to up to $250,000 for your pain and suffering, past and future medical expenses, lost income, decreased quality of life, and more. The VICP has paid more than $2.4 billion to help the victims of vaccine injuries.
To qualify for a VICP Gardasil lawsuit, you must meet the following requirements:
- The Gardasil HPV vaccine must have seriously injured you, your child, or your family member. You may also be eligible for a Gardasil injury claim if you are a legal guardian of someone who was injured.
- The injury must be very serious. Gardasil must have caused a side effect that required hospitalization, or surgery, or lasted at least 6 months, or caused death.
- You must file your Gardasil lawsuit within a certain amount of time. You have three years for a claim for injury, two years for a death, and four years for an injury that eventually caused death.