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Re: “One Less

This article is scare-mongering at its ugliest.

It is well documented that the birth control pill increases a woman's chance of getting clots and having pulmonary embolisms-- even in healthy young non-smoking women. I'm very sorry that Brooke Petkevicius was one of these women, but no matter how much this article tries to convince us otherwise, it seems EXTREMELY unlikely that it was related to the Gardasil shot. The connection is her mother's speculation--based on anecdotal evidence--and nothing more.

It seems that there are perhaps more side effects from this vaccine than Merck knows about (or tells us about?), such as seizures, fainting, paralysis, etc. but evidence indicates that death is not among them. Maybe all these girls had allergic reactions to the shot? Who knows. Surely these less-severe reactions (?) need to be investigated. But, like the CDC says, when 500 million women have been given a vaccination, there are bound to be some coincidental deaths-- especially when many of the women receiving the shot are probably also on the pill.

What disgusts me the most about this cover story is the fact that many women are going to look at it, see the connection between Gardasil and the death of a healthy young woman, and not go out and get the shot as a result, thus setting themselves up for risk of cervical cancer and/or genital warts. I can't believe the East Bay Express gave one woman's anecdotal speculations the time of day, let alone a cover story.

Posted by Heather on 02/06/2008 at 1:13 PM

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