IA woman decided to sue the Irish government to compel it to withdraw the license for Gardasil, Merck’s HPV vaccine, after her daughter allegedly suffered from “horrendous adverse effects,” following the latter’s vaccination under the Irish school vaccination program.Human papillomavirus (HPV) refers to a large family of viruses which could cause cervical cancer, warts and a variety of other infections. As terrifying as HPV might sound, however, what most people don’t know is that most HPV infections actually clear up on their own. Merck’s brainchild, Gardasil, claims to prevent infections caused by two strains of HPV believed to be responsible for 70 percent of cervical cancer cases. Another HPV vaccine, GlaxoSmithKline’s Cervarix, also claims to protect against these two strains, in addition to two more that are said to cause 90 percent of genital warts.
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