Spain’s Health Ministry has suspended use of Gardasil batch # NH52670 after authorities in Valencia reported that two girls had been hospitalized following vaccination with Gardasil. The girls, both 14, reportedly suffered convulsions after getting the shots.
When the first girl began feeling ill, started convulsing and lost consciousness ‘about ten minutes’ after being vaccinated, she was admitted to intensive care. Her family was told that although doctors couldn’t rule out a reaction to the vaccine, her illness was more likely caused by an infection such as encephalitis.
After a second girl, also aged 14 but with no other connection, fell ill with similar symptoms the next day, the Department of Public Health agreed to withdraw the batch for investigation.
This isn’t the first time that Gardasil has been associated with convulsions. Last June, Judicial Watch made public the VAERS reports they had accessed under the Freedom of Information Act. Among the reports of adverse events was this one: Cold sweat, Fall, Foaming at mouth, Grand mal convulsion, Immediate post-injection reaction....Pt [patient, 14-year-old female] received vaccine, took 6 steps, fell to the ground unconscious and had a 60 sec grand mal seizure then regained consciousness. [Blood pressure] after seizure 60/40 pale clammy skin. [Patient] had bit her tongue and had foam around her mouth. VAERS ID: 305259-1 (S)
Spain’s government approved use of the Gardasil vaccine just last August. Spanish authorities haven’t stopped all immunizations with Gardasil, just any shots from that particular batch. 76,000 doses from the affected batch have already been distributed, although sales have now been halted.
Sanofi Pasteur MSD, which is Merck’s partner for vaccine sales in Europe, is investigating the ‘adverse events’ along with health authorities, but noted that 40 million doses of Gardasil have been used worldwide and is quoted by Reuters as saying that that "In both cases, other medical conditions (in the girls) have been observed and are being investigated, which could be the cause of the reported events."
Sanofi Pasteur, the vaccines division of the sanofi-aventis Group, is the largest company in the world devoted entirely to human vaccines.
Gardasil is based on technology licensed to Merck & Co. in 1995 by CSL, the Australian firm that focuses on plasma therapeutics, vaccines, adjuvants and recombinant proteins.