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HHS Sued for Gardasil Records

Stonewalling by the Obama Administration has forced a public advocacy group to resort to filing a lawsuit to force the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to release records concerning payouts to victims of the controversial Gardasil vaccine.

Thomas J. Fitton, president of Judicial Watch, an organization dedicated to insuring transparency and accountability in government, is reporting that the HHS has been suspiciously reluctant to release records related to the Vaccine Injury Compensation Program (VICP) which compensates patients who have been adversely affected by certain vaccines, such as Gardasil.

"I cannot imagine what information the Obama administration is trying to keep secret regarding Gardasil, a vaccine for the sexually transmitted disease human papillomavirus (HPV), because what we know so far from the records we’ve already uncovered is truly frightening," Fitton writes.

"Since 2007, Judicial Watch has uncovered government records documenting thousands of adverse reactions associated with the vaccine, including seizures, paralysis, blindness, pancreatitis, speech problems, short-term memory loss, Guillain-Barré Syndrome, and even death."

Judicial Watch initiated an investigation of Gardasil, after the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) fast-tracked the vaccine through the approval process in 2006 and started trying to mandate the vaccine's use for young girls and boys.

"I think it’s fair to say that our investigation has led to a deeper public understanding of the risks associated with the vaccine, which we consider a tremendous public service," Fitton writes.

But they want more information and have repeatedly requested VICP records on Gardasil to no avail. Thus far, the government's response has been complete silence.

"As a result, Judicial Watch was once again forced to do what we always do in the face of Obama stonewalling--we filed a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) lawsuit against the Obama Administration’s Department of Health and Human Services (HHS)," Fitton writes.

The suit is requesting that the government hand over all records depicting the number of claims for injury and death filed under the VICP program for Gardasil as well as all records depicting the amount of compensation given to victims.

However, even the FOIA suit didn't budge the HHS.

"The agency acknowledged receipt of our FOIA request on November 2, 2012. By law, HHS was required to respond no later than December 4, 2012. However, as of the date of Judicial Watch’s lawsuit, the agency has failed to provide responsive documents, indicate when a response is forthcoming, or notify Judicial Watch why the records should be exempted from disclosure," Fitton reports.

Why are they after these records?

"Because we think the number of successful claims made under the VICP to victims of HPV will provide further information for the American people about the dangers of the vaccine, including the number of well-substantiated cases of adverse reactions," Fitton states.

He goes on to list just a few of the many cases of girls whose lives were destroyed by the vaccine, either by death or serious injury, adding that according to the Annals of Medicine, there is no significant data showing that this dangerous vaccine can prevent any type of cervical cancer because the testing period employed was too short to determine long-term benefits of the vaccine.

"From the very beginning, the federal government has attempted to shield the public from the significant safety concerns about Gardasil," Fitton writes. "Instead of pushing Gardasil on young girls and boys, the Obama administration should pull the vaccine off the shelf and immediately undertake a full safety review. Step one would be to respond to our FOIA request and release all records detailing the adverse reactions to the vaccine, including information related to these HPV vaccine payouts.

Anyone wanting more information about the dangers of Gardasil can read the records obtained from the FDA's Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System (VAERS) here.

However, Fitton does warn that the information contained in these reports is graphic and disturbing.

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