This article from Consumer Reports also puts this issue into proper context

Note that Jenny Tetlock's father is not insisting that the vaccine caused
his daughter's illness.

There are actually fewer cases of Guillain-Barré syndrome (GBS) in the
cohort taking the vaccine than would be expected based on the incidence of
this disease. According to Farquhar logic, that means the vaccine is
actually preventing GBS!


On Sat, Aug 2, 2008 at 1:47 PM, Peyton Jerome Farquhar
<[log in to unmask]>wrote:

> 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
> paralyzed.
> 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.
> Sources:
> U.S. News and World Report July 2, 2008

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