To the editor

My 11-year-old great niece was a happy, healthy child until — upon the recommendation of her pediatrician — she received a Gardasil shot. The next day she woke up with bruises all over her body. Blood work found ITP — a rare blood disease that can be fatal. She bled from her mouth and nose; she was put into the Intensive Care Unit when the doctors feared that she would bleed on her brain and die.

A week of IVIG treatments were unsuccessful, and she was discharged. The next month she had chemo treatments — 10 hours of infusion each time. Today — 6 months after her vaccination, her blood platelets have gone from a low of 100,000 to 132,000 (150,000 to 400,000 is normal).

Her pediatrician filed a report with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention about the effects Gardasil had on her; her doctor recommended that she not get the second dose. Believe it or not, Gardasil is still being promoted in America as safe, effective and vital for ages 9 to 26.

Very few parents know that Gardasil has come under intense scrutiny from medical professionals around the world in the past few years. Very few know that the Federal Drug Administration reported 85 deaths from Gardasil between June 2006 and June 2013. Very few have ever watched the many YouTube videos that reveal the deaths, paralysis and serious side effects Gardasil has brought to many young women all over the world. Very few have searched on websites where renowned doctors and medical journals question everything about Gardasil.

Dr. Dianne Harper, one of 50 HPV experts in the world, said Gardasil is neither safe nor effective. She told CBS it is essentially useless. Dr. Chris Shaw — professor at the University of British Columbia — said Gardasil "is a vaccine that's been highly marketed, the benefits are overhyped, and the dangers are underestimated." The American College of Pediatricians has linked Gardasil to premature menopause in girls. Studies in medical journals like Pediatrics, Cancer Epidemiology and Human Vaccines & Immunotherapeutics conclude that doctors have issues with Gardasil.

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Perhaps most telling are the revelations of Dr. Bernard Dalbergue, a former pharmaceutical industry physician with

Gardasil manufacturer Merck. In an April 2014 interview published in Principes de Sant (Health Principles) he said, "The full extent of the Gardasil scandal needs to be assessed: everyone knew when this vaccine was released on the American market that it would prove to be worthless. I predict that Gardasil will become the greatest medical scandal of all time because at some point in time, the evidence will add up to prove that this vaccine has absolutely no effect on cervical cancer and that all the very many adverse effects which destroy lives and even kill, serve no other purpose than to generate profit for the manufacturers. Gardasil is useless and costs a fortune!"

Gardasil has been banned in Japan. The people of Spain are crying out for its removal from their country. Sadly, it is still used in 100 countries, including this great United States of America.

Chris Dutil,