Santa Cruz, California (PRWEB) September 19, 2012
Few vaccines have generated more reader interest at LawyersandSettlements.com and public debate in general than the HPV vaccine, and efforts by some states to mandate its use. The debate has even entered the realm of politics as a Fox News story (9/16/11) reported just last year when then-GOP presidential hopefuls Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-Minn) and Gov. Rick Perry of Texas went head-to-head over Perry’s 2007 executive order to mandate the HPV vaccine in Texas.
Currently, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures (NCSL), three states have legislated requirements that girls must be inoculated with the Human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine prior to entering the sixth grade. In all three states, parents have the final say via an opt-out clause, and students are not barred from attending class if parents feel strongly against the need for the HPV vaccine.
LawyersandSettlements.com typically sees a spike in reader interest in vaccine side effects and vaccine lawsuit information over the summer months as parents respond to school notices advising them of immunization requirements—or in the case of Gardasil, recommendations—for the new school year.
This year, however, reader interest is on the incline. To date, for vaccine-related legal news in general, LawyersandSettlements.com has seen a 94 percent increase in traffic over the same time period last year. More specifically, for HPV vaccine legal news, there has been a 107 percent jump in traffic during the same time period; and during just the months of July and August this year LawyersandSettlements.com saw a six-fold spike in traffic seeking legal information and perspective specifically on the Gardasil vaccine along with information on Gardasil side effects and the potential for Gardasil lawsuits.
Gardasil, manufactured by Merck, is one of two primary HPV vaccines; the other is GlaxoSmithKline's Cervix.
In terms of Gardasil, part of the debate over the vaccine’s risk/benefit profiles stems from comments originally made by experts such as Dr. Diane Harper, a leading researcher into the HPV virus. A CBS News report from 2009 reported Harper's research is, or has been funded by Merck, the manufacturer of Gardasil and that she has been a paid consultant for the drug company. Nonetheless, the report goes on to say that Harper, herself, referred to use of the Merck HPV vaccine stating “enough serious [Gardasil] side effects have been reported after Gardasil use that the vaccine could prove riskier than the cervical cancer it purports to prevent.”
Additionally, regarding Gardasil side effects, the advocacy group Judicial Watch published its investigatory report (10/19/11) on information obtained from the FDA through the Freedom of Information Act. The report detailed some of the Gardasil adverse reaction reports sent to the FDA that included seizures, blindness and paralysis stemming from the use of Gardasil.
The Judicial Watch investigation also noted reports of 26 deaths provided to the FDA within the 12 months prior to September 2011. As of August 26, 2012 the Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System (VAERS) showed reports of 64 deaths.
In 2007, according to the NCSL, no fewer than 24 states and the District of Columbia attempted to mandate HPV vaccines. Bills were later withdrawn from consideration in Maryland and California. Of the 24 only three—Virginia, Texas and the District of Columbia—have mandated programs, all with parental opt-out clauses.
“Clearly, mandated HPV vaccinations remain in debate for many states. The HPV vaccine is especially of concern to parents given the reports of harmful Gardasil side effects,” notes Stephen King, CEO, Online Legal Media, publisher of LawyersandSettlements.com. “Parents also want to know if there have been any Gardasil lawsuits or class actions—so it’s helpful for them to have current legal news and information about the vaccine. LawyersandSettlements.com continues to be a valuable resource for the public who are seeking Gardasil legal news and information.”
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