A month after 13 year old Jenny Tetlock was vaccinated against the HPV
virus, she missed the lowest hurdle in gym class. It was the first sign of a
degenerative muscle disease that 15 months later left her nearly completely
Her father, Philip Tetlock, a professor at UC-Berkeley, has embarked on an
odyssey to find out whether the vaccine, Gardasil, is to blame.
Tetlock is not the only one concerned. The public watchdog group Judicial
Watch has been periodically obtaining adverse event reports on Gardasil from
the FDA. 10 deaths have been linked to Gardasil since September 2007, and
there have been 140 reports so far this year of serious side effects such as
miscarriage and Guillain-Barré syndrome.
U.S. News and World Report July 2, 2008