India Halts Use of Gardasil Vaccine After Four Deaths

April 17, 2010

The Indian Council of Medical Research has suspended the cervical cancer control vaccination program for girls in India. According to, the program is part of a two year study to look into the “utility of a vaccine in public health programs and acceptability of Gardasil, the human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine made by Merck [a US pharmaceutical company].” The suspension was made after four deaths and more than 120 complications were reported by young women who had received the Gardasil vaccine. 1

Concerns have surrounded the use of Gardasil in the US for years, with more than 18,000 adverse events and 72 Gardasil related deaths in having been reported in the US since the vaccine’s release in this country in 2006.2

Related Mothering Coverage on Gardasil:

Gardasil Now Being Recommended for Boys  09/11/2009

Vaccine Alert: Gardasil Vaccine Causing Fainting and Other Serious Issues in Young Women, 08/21/2009

The Politics of Gardasil, May/June 2007

Guard Against Gardasil, May/June 2007

Also view this popular vaccine article:

Vaccine Debate: Do Unvaccinated Children Really Put Others at Risk, July/August 2009

Resources for Understanding Gardasil and Reported Complications in the US:

MedAlerts – offers an alternative to CDC Wonder, the U.S. Government’s official search engine. Medalerts is built directly from the U.S. Government data so it contains the same information. However, this site offers a better user interface, more powerful search capabilities, and more extensive reporting, making it the best VAERS search facility on the web. You can use this database to gain information on complication and deaths reported on the Gardasil vaccine.

Steven Rubin, PhDMothering expert Steven Rubin, PhD maintains and is the volunteer data reporter for the National Vaccine Information Center (NVIC). Please feel free to ask Dr. Rubin your questions on Gardasil data found in US Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System (VAERS), CDC Wonder, or MedAlerts. 


NVIC – Visit the National Vaccine Information Center (NVIC) page on Gardasil for information on the vaccine and stories of affected individuals.



1. Dr. Mercola. “Alert! India Suspends Gardasil After Four Girls Die“, 04/09/2010, Accessed 04/17/2010.–india-suspends-gardasil-after-four-girls-die.aspx

2. CDC Wonder., accessed updated numbers 4/18/2010




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