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Contact Texas Legislators to Prevent HPV Vaccine Mandate in 2011

Dear PROVE Members,

Watch this video of this poor teen that is dying from complications of the Gardasil (HPV) vaccine.

The lawmaker that tried to pass a bill in Kansas requiring the shot is now questioning the FDA on its safety.  If the Texas Legislature doesn’t extend the ban passed last session to prevent the vaccine from being mandated, the Health Commissioner is free to mandate this vaccine to anyone in Texas before the start of the next legislative session.  Please call your state representative and state senator to extend the ban on the mandate for the HPV vaccine. 

The link to look up your legislators is under the “Get Involved” section on our web site at

Let them know according to HB 1098 passed last session, the ban expires on Jan. 11, 2011, and that there are too many girls being hurt by this vaccine to allow for it to be mandated by rule by the Health Commissioner after that date.  If they don’t remove the expriation date altogether or extend the ban, Texas teen girls could be at risk before the start of next legislative session.

NVIC has also issued a release detailing many more serious reports of injuries following Gardasil shots.  It is posted below.  Please take the time to communicate these issues with your Texas Lawmakers.  Thank you. 

Dawn Richardson

Kansas teen wants Gardasil taken off the market

08:55 PM CST on Sunday, February 15, 2009

It was a hot issue here in Texas a couple of years ago.  Now Gardasil, the vaccine against the virus that causes cervical caner, is back in the spotlight.

Gabi Swank, a 16-year-old from Wichita, Kansas, says she and other girls are dying from the side-effects of the drug.  Once a cheerleader with a 4.0 grade point average, she is now homebound, suffering from seizures, migraines and even two small strokes.

Swank’s doctors diagnosed her with cerebral vasculatis, a terminal disease.  And he blames Gardasil complications.

Now, Swank and her mother are on a mission.

“She looked at me with the most somber face and she said, ‘If I have to die to save other girls, then I am prepared to do that’,” said Gabi’s mother, Shannon Schrag.

“I want this drug off the market,” said Gabi.

Governor Rick Perry made headlines two years ago when he made Texas the first state to require the vaccine against human pappilomavirus (HPV), a sexually transmitted disease.  Conservatives and parents rights groups felt the requirement condoned pre-marital sex.

The makers of Gardasil say the drug is safe.  They’re hoping to vaccinate boys as well.

NVIC Vaccine Risk Report Reveals More Serious Reaction Reports After Gardasil
Vaccine Safety Group Calls for Investigation

February 09, 2009 07:30 AM Eastern Time


WASHINGTON--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Comparing serious adverse event reports to the federal Vaccine Adverse Events Reporting System (VAERS) following Gardasil (HPV) and another vaccine for meningococcal (Menactra), the National Vaccine Information Center ( found that there are three to 30 times more serious health problems and deaths reported to VAERS after Gardasil vaccination. As reported by CBS News, the longtime vaccine safety watchdog group is calling for action, including an investigation by the Department of Health & Human Services (DHHS) and the U.S. Congress into the fast-tracked licensure and government recommendation that all young girls and women get Gardasil vaccine.


“Merck only studied the vaccine in fewer than 1200 girls under age 16 and most of the serious health problems and deaths in the pre-licensure clinical trials were written off as a 'coincidence,'” said NVIC co-founder and president, Barbara Loe Fisher. “If the new Administration and Congress want to make government recommended health care safer, more effective and less expensive, a good place to start is by looking into the human and economic costs of Gardasil vaccine.”


Gardasil and Menactra vaccines are recommended by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) for gradeschool, high school and college age children, although Gardasil is only given to girls while Menactra is given to both girls and boys. If reports of Gardasil vaccine-related adverse events are only coincidental as maintained by CDC officials in October 2008, there would be little or no difference in the number and severity of adverse event reports for both vaccines.


Using the MedAlerts database, compiling data for VAERS through November 30, 2008, NVIC found that compared to Menactra, Gardasil is associated with at least twice as many Emergency Room visit reports (5,021), four times as many Death reports (29); five times as many “Did Not Recover” reports (2,017) and seven times as many “Disabled” reports (261). There have been 34 reports of thrombosis, 27 reports of lupus, 23 reports of blood clots, 16 reports of stroke, and 11 reports of vasculitis following Gardasil vaccine given alone without any other vaccines. There are three to six times more fainting or syncope reports after Gardasil vaccination than after Menactra and there have been 544 reports of seizures following Gardasil and 158 after Menactra (73 Menactra-associated seizures involved co-administration with Gardasil).


Rechallenge reports to VAERS involve cases where there was a worsening of symptoms after repeated vaccination. There were 275 Rechallenge reports after Gardasil compared to eight after Menactra (7 Menactra-associated Rechallenge reports involved co-administration with Gardasil). In the entire VAERS database for all vaccine adverse event reports, there are 467 rechallenge reports, of which nearly 60 percent are for Gardasil.


A 15-year old gymnast, cheerleader and honor roll student in Kansas has been diagnosed with Gardasil vaccine-related brain inflammation after receiving three Gardasil shots. Her first symptoms included muscle and joint weakness and pain, numbness and tingling in her hands and feet, severe headaches excessive fatigue, rash, dizziness, and loss of concentration after the first shot. After the second and third shots she began losing her hair and developed seizures, bouts of paralysis, mini-strokes, partial loss of vision, and severe chest pain, memory and speech loss. Click here to learn more.


A 21-year old Maryland artist, athlete and honor roll college student died suddenly without explanation in June 2008 after her third Gardasil shot. She is one of the 29 Gardasil death reports in VAERS. Click here to learn more.


A nonprofit, non-medical organization founded by parents of vaccine injured children in 1982, NVIC issued three VAERS analyses in 2007 warning that Gardasil appeared to be highly reactive and asking for federal health agencies to inform physicians and parents about serious health problems associated with the new vaccine.


Past Efforts to Oppose HPV Mandate

Refer to the following PDF document for our past efforst to oppose the HPV mandate.

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