Death after quadrivalent human papillomavirus (qHPV) vaccination: causal or coincidental?
A couple of weeks ago we blogged about a new study examining the brain tissue of a girl who died after her second dose of the Gardasil vaccine. Yesterday, the entire study was published. It turns out that researchers Dr. Tomljenovic and Dr. Shaw examined the brain tissues of not one but two females (one 14 and one 19 years old), otherwise totally healthy, who died after their Gardasil vaccines. The researchers found that not only did these girls suffer what appears to be a fatal autoimmune reaction, but that this reaction was specifically to one of the strains of HPV found in the vaccines, namely, HPV-16.
The scientists found antibodies, something the immune system produces in response to exposure to the vaccine, in the brains of these girls – but these antibodies should not be in the brain at all. In addition, they found vasculitis or inflammation in the walls of blood vessels in the brain and this inflammation appeared to be autoimmune in nature due to the presence of the HPV-16L1 antibodies binding to the blood vessel walls. An autoimmune response means the body is attacking itself. Why is this so important? To quote the authors, “The finding of HPV-16L1 particles in cerebral blood vessels and adhering to the wall of these vessels in the brain tissue specimens from both cases is of significant concern as it demonstrates that vaccine-derived immune complexes are capable of penetrating the blood-brain barrier.” What’s more, these complexes not only crossed the blood brain barrier, they triggered an autoimmune response that was fatal for these two girls. (As a sidenote, Gabi Swank, the girl featured in THE GREATER GOOD who suffered a severe reaction to Gardasil was diagnosed with vasculitis and autoimmune disease, among many other ailments.)
These findings raise several important questions. If vaccine-derived complexes can cross the fully developed blood brain barrier of a 14 and a 19 year old and trigger a fatal autoimmune response and cause inflammation in the brain, can components of other vaccines enter the brain of an infant or young child whose blood brain barrier is not yet fully developed? And if these girls’ developed inflammation of the brain, is that what is happening to so many kids who suffer with speech delays and learning disabilities and those with autism? What other complexes in vaccines are crossing the blood brain barrier and what harm are they causing? And if HPV vaccines can cause autoimmune disease like inflammation of the brain, what other autoimmune and inflammatory diseases could they cause – allergies, Lupus, athsma, MS, arthritis, autism….?
These questions aren’t just speculation, there is already research and case reports linking vaccines to all these types of ailments. What this research does is suggest how vaccines might be causing these reactions. To explore the Science, visit the Learn More tab of our website and click on Science.