Monday, September 14, 2009

Gardasil And How It Has Affected The Lives Of Young American Women And Their Families

Gardasil And How It Has Affected The Lives Of Young American Women And Their Families
309 Nth 5th St. Belen
New Mexico 87002
14th September 2009
Tel No: (505) 550-5483
Dr Margaret Hamburg, MD
Food and Drug Administration
10903 New Hampshire Avenue
Silver Spring
MD 20993-0002

Dear Dr Hamburg

I first wrote to you on the 16th March 2009, and you very kindly replied to me the same day, concerning my daughter Megan Hild who died suddenly within a short period of time after having had her Gardasil shot. Megan had not been keeping very well after being vaccinated but had intended coming over to my home to help us with some painting work. She phoned to tell me she would be over after she had taken a shower. Sadly, she died in the shower and to this day I do not know the reason why she died as her autopsy report states “death unknown”. Megan was a very active and healthy young lady prior to Gardasil and I truly believe in my heart that she would be here today if she had not been vaccinated. Megan’s is not the only case where young women have died with no cause of death being known. Dr Hamburg, that is not normal where healthy and even athletic young women die for no apparent reason and yet the common link between them is the Gardasil vaccination. If it is not this vaccine then there has to be some serious virus or illness spreading around our young people one way or another and either killing them or leaving them seriously injured. 

I am attaching two documents for you to see, one is called the “Memorial Document” and the second is called “Gardasil Injuries”. The stories posted here are just the tip of the iceberg. There are hundreds if not thousands more. Many families are not aware of the link between the vaccine and their daughter’s ensuing illness. Other girls may have suffered strokes and died while driving a car or falling in the bathroom like my daughter Megan Hild, or Lisa Ericzon’s daughter, Jessica Faye Ericzon. We may never know the final number of girls who have suffered adversely from this vaccine now … or in the future … or if their side effects may even affect their future health and/or fertility. Please note throughout these documents the number of girls who are experiencing serious menstrual problems, almost like the onset of the menopause.
You may, and probably will, be shocked to read these documents, these are true stories and very sad stories and these young girls and women were all alive or healthy before having the Gardasil vaccination. That point is factual but when you take a look at the symptoms that are being experienced by the young ladies, many of these are repeated over and over again, such as seizures, brain fog, paralysis, severe joint and muscle pain, exhaustion, muscle spasms, disruption of the menstrual cycle, as noted above. Where diagnoses have been established by medical practitioners and these include Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (Motor Neurone Disease/ALS). As you know, MND usually strikes in late middle age (the late 50’s is average) or lately there has been an increased rise in young adults. It could be stated honestly that it will be extremely rare for a 13 year old girl to have this illness – Jenny’s story on the Memorial Document will tell you her story. Other such diagnoses include pancreatitis, gastrointestinal disorders, Lyme disease, hypothyroidism, peripheral neuropathy, Posterial Orthostatic Tachacardia Syndrome (POTS) and again it was only after the Gardasil vaccination that these young women became ill with various side effects and after a long period of time eventually were diagnosed with these conditions. It should also be recognized that in the case of some of these illnesses, the treatment given to contain or improve the effects being experienced does not always work which makes you wonder if there is a “copy cat” type of situation going on or if the symptoms being experienced are very similar to those of clinically recognized illnesses, such as Lyme disease. By that I refer to Gardasil type illnesses which are new and not recognized as such at the moment. 

May I ask a question, when have you ever known cases where young, very active and extremely intelligent young ladies, like Samantha Hendrix, 1(c), who was regarded as a walking encyclopaedia and who is now reduced to failing examinations and cannot concentrate on her studies? Where has this once intelligent lady gone and where have the other young women who have been afflicted in the same way gone? These bright, intellectual young women are in some dark space unable to be the people they once were. What has happened to them, their symptoms are identical and the common thread that exists between them is “Gardasil”? You wonder why we question this, we live with the result of a global tragedy which is occurring in every State in our country and you know the reality of all of this “No one seems to care”. 

Also In the case of young Samantha, she had a serious history of illnesses prior to vaccination, have you ever discovered if Merck carried out research on impaired immune responsiveness to establish if young girls with a medical history would be well enough to have this vaccine? In the case of Cervarix, GlaxoSmithKline did not carry out this research prior to the commencement of the vaccination programme in the United Kingdom. This young girl had many health problems before being vaccinated but now she is far worse off and what the future holds for her we just do not know. Perhaps, if more care and attention had been given by the pharmaceutical company in all of this, if they had taken more time to carry out the research into all aspects of safety and just had given it a few more years, exactly the same advice that Dr Harper gave to the UK regarding Cervarix, then perhaps these young ladies would not be so ill and I would not be writing to you today to ask for your help. With respect to Cervarix, many of the same “Gardasil” illnesses are occurring in the United Kingdom also so there appears to be a common thread that exists between these two HPV vaccines. 

The very worrying aspect of it all is that in most cases, after the young girls and women have been through the medical system and have had CT scans, MRI’s, various blood tests, x-rays and whatever else may be required, the results usually come back normal. Doctors recognize that something is going on but do not have a clue what it could be. So there is something very sinister in all of this that in this country, where our health care should be second to none, hundreds of young women cannot be diagnosed by the medical profession, their illnesses are genuine but yet there does not appear to be many doctors who can identify what is actually wrong. So now we have two such bizarre situations – cause of death unknown and serious illnesses being experienced by young women not being identified by the physicians they go to see. 

In your position as Head of the FDA, have you ever come across a situation like this where it involves healthy young girls and women who just suddenly die, with no history of serious illnesses, or who become disabled, have repetitive seizures, lose the use of their legs, have no control over their bodies and our doctors appear not to even consider a link with the Gardasil vaccine? Why is it that many of these events occur within a very short time span after the Gardasil shot? Let me repeat the words of Dr Diane Harper when she was interviewed by the Australian team in the video identified at the top of the Gardasil Injuries Document 1(b) “The majority of them (side effects) actually occur in what we call the biologically plausible time frame. Up till about 42 days is the time frame in which if there was something that was going to happen, it could be attributed potentially to the vaccine and that’s where these cases are happening.” As you probably know, Dr Harper helped design and carry out the Phase II and Phase III safety and effectiveness studies to get Gardasil approved, and authored many of the published, scholarly papers about it. She has been a paid speaker and consultant to Merck. It is highly unusual for a researcher to publicly criticize a medicine or vaccine she helped to obtain approval for. 

Perhaps, and this is only a suggestion, would you be willing to meet with Dr Harper to ask her what her concerns are relating to the Gardasil vaccine? I would also like to suggest at this venture if you would also be willing to meet some of the moms who have told their stories as this would give them hope that someone in a high position was actually caring for them and willing to listen. Something really serious has happened to their daughters and as the common link in all of the cases is Gardasil, then we felt you would be interested to hear their side of things. All of the cases mentioned can be checked by your Department direct to their physicians. 

There are four issues that I believe you may care to consider in relation to Gardasil:

1. It is well reported that the Gardasil test trials showed side effects of placebo vs. vaccine. However, this is not really a true determination of side effects since the placebo in Merck’s study used aluminium as the adjuvant (rather than saline). Given this, one would not see significant differences between the two groups because both aluminium hydroxide and aluminium phosphate have, in the past, shown a causal relationship to multiple neurological issues. Perhaps, the side effects of BOTH groups should have been added together rather than shown as separate entities and if so perhaps the levels of adverse reactions might be a lot higher than Merck/VAERS report. 

2. VAERS data suggests that both lots U and X of Gardasil are severely problematic, yet these lot numbers have yet to be recalled by Merck. There is speculation that something is perhaps amiss, eg extra yeast? 

3. There is growing evidence that Gardasil may trigger existing Auto Immune Disease issues or worse latent ones such as a genetic predisposition to an AID, Lupus and Rheumatoid Arthritis etc. There is also speculation that there is a potential link between vitamin B deficiency, Gardasil and adverse reactions. If this link is proven, is it not cause for tests to be conducted on proposed recipients of Gardasil BEFORE it is administered? 
The above points are the thoughts and research out by many of the parents whose children have been afflicted and they should be commended for caring enough to try and find out why their children have been harmed. They do more as “amateur scientists” attempting to discover the truth than those who should be investigating these issues and appear to be trying to hide the truth                                                                      
The Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System (VAERS) is used by the CDC and FDA to detect and record possible side effects or adverse events following vaccination. The horrible realization is that VAERS .is very limited and is often inaccurate. A large # of Gardasil mothers state that their children are not in VAERS because their doctors refuse to admit that Gardasil is causing the side effects. As a result, neither the parents nor the doctors have filed reports. According to Barbara Loe Fisher, Director of the National Vaccine Information Center between 1 to 10% of vaccine adverse reactions are only being reported to VAERS. This low percentile skews all of the statistics that have come in on deaths and injuries from Gardasil. By doing a simple query within the VAERS system, it is very easy to identify that the majority of side effects appear to be coming from 3 primary batches. By querying the HOT LOTS from VAERS and identifying the MERCK lots reported 10 times or more, a common theme appears with the lots ending in U, X, and F. 

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Numerous parents have contacted Merck with this information and asked for more detail to analyze the data further only to be told that they would have to go through Merck’s Legal Office which in turn doesn’t respond to the calls. Why do our consumer protection laws not protect our children if the product/vaccine is deemed faulty and why is the producer of the vaccine not required to provide the needed information? The drug companies are selling a product and the consumers should have specific rights as they would with other goods purchased. As of June 1, 2009, more than 25 million doses of Gardasil were distributed in the United States. An analysis needs to be performed to determine out of the 25M lots distributed, how many have actually been administered. The analysis should be broken down by batch so that the side effects are truly studied. If a problem is deemed batch specific, then the lots ending in U, X, and F need to be pulled from the market and a thorough investigation needs to be performed to determine the differences in these specific batches from other batches which are not posing problems if there are differences. Could the problems be arising from production issues at Merck? A closer look needs to be taken.

Many of the doctors who vaccinated these children were not familiar with VAERS and did not even know how to file a report. How can the #’s within VAERS be accurate if doctors don’t file the reports? Shouldn’t our doctors be required to fully understand the side effects of the vaccines that they are administering and VAERS has a database to record and track these side effects? Our doctors should be required to file all reports of side affects instead of simply brushing off the patients. If the doctors do not fully understand the side effects, they should not be giving the immunizations. It should be mandatory that the doctors fully understand vaccines and side effects and that they inform the parents UPFRONT of what could happen. 

A rose by any other name is still called a rose. A virus by any other name is still called a virus; “a submicroscopic parasitic particle of a nucleic acid surrounded by protein that can only replicate within a host cell”1. and travels with that cell to destinations unknown or to where there is a host receptor. Are they just sexually transmitted? A virus comes out to play when the condition of the body becomes prime to be its host – and that is due to a plethora of reasons: genetic, environmental, nutritional, and immunological. It is well known that viruses i.e.; herpes for example may lie dormant within the body for years until the right factors ensure its survival and it can replicate and thrive in an environment that has lost its hostility. 

Why has it been unfeasible to consider that the Human Papillomavirus may also be transmitted in a non-sexual manner through other body fluids– similar to HIV/AIDS, or Adenoviruses, Herpes Simplex 1, Molluscum contagiosum, Cytomegalovirus to name a few. Viral cells are transported through fluids. “There is growing evidence” or “compelling evidence” that HPV infection is acquired through “non-sexual” routes, specifically mother/child transmission. In addition, there are multiple studies that cite HPV detection in virgins, infants/children and juveniles. Since largyngeal papillomatosis was shown to be caused by HPV, it became apparent that the virus may be transmitted by other routes as well. A virus called by any other name is still a virus …. and it will travel whatever route to find a host to ensure its survival. 

The American Social Health Association (ASHA) cites that in a 1997 article in the American Journal of Medicine, about 74 percent of Americans or three out of four have been infected with genital HPV at some point in their lives. Only one in four Americans ages 15-49 has not had a genital HPV infection. Most often genital HPV produces no symptoms or illness, and so a person who has been infected may never know about it. 

Further evidence of research proving that young children can be infected by the HPV virus can be found in this research paper, the Journal of Medical Viriology, where it not only proves that this does occur, it also proves that non-infected children who were examined previously, have become infected since their previous examination.
In the FDA’s VRBPAC Background Document, dated May 18, 2006, the government acknowledged the non-sexual transmission of HPV, reference page 13, ‘Concerns regarding Primary Endpoint Analyses among Subgroups. In addition, they stated that the HPV Vaccine, Gardasil, may increase the risk of cervical cancer by 44.6% if women were vaccinated without being aware that they had the virus. It should also be noted that if a young person has the virus and is vaccinated, then she will not be protected and it will have been a complete waste of time in vaccinating her in the first place. The danger here is that if the FDA and the pharmaceutical company do not accept the research that has been carried out then young lives could be put at greater risk as stated above. An interesting point, what will you do when you find out that vaccinated girls or young women are found to be infected with the HPV virus at their next pap screening, or worse still that they have signs of cervical cancer? The responsibility for this will lie entirely with you. Perhaps, in the interests of safety this is an area that you should investigate sooner rather than later. 

As mothers and grandmothers, aunts and sisters we are also concerned about the health of the First Family's daughters, 11-year-old Malia and 8-year-old Sasha Obama. They are within a year of being eligible to receive the Gardasil vaccine. Out of respect for President Obama and his wife, Michelle, we feel that it is only fair for them to be aware of the adverse reactions and suffering of other girls in their daughter's age group after receiving the HPV vaccine. We hope that this paper will be brought to their attention and that they will start researching the facts about Gardasil prior to inoculating their daughters. 

Many points have been covered in this letter, the main purpose for this is my concern for the safety of our school children and young women who are being vaccinated with this HPV vaccine. We never wish to hear again that these deaths and illnesses occurred through “natural means”, if that was the case then why are so many of the symptoms so similar, why have intelligent young ladies lost the ability to learn and why have there been deaths with no cause of death known. Someone has to take responsibility to initiate an immediate investigation into why these deaths and illnesses occurred – to neglect to do this is tantamount to not caring what happens to our young, beautiful and previously healthy young American daughters and I do not think you can afford to take that risk with two lovely young girls at present living in the White House. 

 Rest assured, this correspondence will be seen by the President and the First Lady and at that point it will be up to them to decide which road they intend to travel. However, I do believe they will wish to hear and see all of the facts for themselves, from you Dr Hamburg, from the pharmaceutical company, from the doctors and most importantly from the mothers whose children have either died or have been left handicapped in one way or another. That at least would be the beginning of an investigation into these mystery illnesses which are prevalent in our country at the present time and to start by asking a serious question, “Why are these adverse events occurring in every country where the HPV vaccine is administered, be it Gardasil or Cervarix, the results are the same?

That is a good starting point.
Yours sincerely
Karen Maynor
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Section 1(a)
Healthy Young Americans prior to Gardasil
Those who have died following Gardasil vaccination
Section 1(B)
Healthy Young Americans Prior To Gardasil
Please Let Us Introduce You To Some Of The Young Girls And Women Who Have Been Injured By This Vaccine
See: A shot in the dark? Watch video
Karen Maynor laying a marker in the Colorado Mountains for Megan.
Young Gabby Swank who has been diagnosed with Cerebral Vasculitis. 

Julie Campbell in hospital suffering from seizures. 

Dr Diane Harper’s statement including this quote “The majority of them actually occur in what we call the biologically plausible time frame. Up till about 42 days is the time frame in which if there was something that was going to happen it could be attributed potentially to the vaccine and that’s where these cases are happening.”
*Ashley Ryburn (Colorado)
“I am a single mother and have dedicated my life to providing a safe, fun loving environment for my daughter. She has been a gift in my life. I describe her as having an old soul. People of all ages, race, disabled, even animals connect with her. She has always attracted attention from everyone even complete strangers. Ashley will immediately help anyone in need. From holding open a door, to standing up for a child being picked on. People in our community always tell me what a great job I have done raising her.” 

“Ashley has always been involved in extra curricular school activities and has always received top grades. My healthy teenage daughter became a chronically ill young woman. In the last year I have called 911 more times than I can count. She has been hospitalized three times within a year. We have seen many doctors and specialists who have done many tests multiple times all to be within normal limits. Ashley experiences life threatening episodes of seizure like activity, difficulty breathing, major back spasms, paralysis, dehydration, memory loss and tremors and she becomes unresponsive. She has daily illnesses of nausea, exhaustion, vomiting, pain and hair loss. I have provided CPR and life saving skills on a regular basis”. 

“Ashley and I have had conversations in the event she may die. I can only promise her that I will do everything in my power for this not to happen and that we need to focus on healing. I never thought in a million years a vaccine would do this much damage to my beautiful girl. I stay strong for my daughter. I also cry with her too. I keep faith in knowing God doesn’t put more on our shoulders than we can handle. As a mother, I also feel the responsibility to get Ashley’s story out there so we can help other families.” 

“Now she is ill - her life is dealing with daily symptoms and hoping for a day without a life threatening episode.”
*Nora Kenny (Illinois)
See letter from Nora’s mom
“Nora has always been a great kid---she's the oldest of our 3---a 16 year brother, Jack and a 15 year-old sister, Sally. Nora was an honor role student her entire high school career, a 3 sport athlete until her senior year where she only played basketball and softball. She was named all academic-all conference for each sport she played. She has always made friends easily and enjoys the things that most girls her age do. She started working as a hostess at a local Red Lobster in the spring of her Junior year and was promoted to waitress last summer. She attends the University of Illinois at Champaign and plans to major in Kinesiology.”

“I am very proud of Nora and I feel very badly that I agreed to have her receive Gardasil. She asked me the other day why we didn't know of its potential harm....I had no good answer.” 
“Nora is now taking seizure medication. There is no family history of seizures.” 

“She received her first shot June 16, 2008 and fainted June 21, 2008. My husband and I were at a friend’s house for dinner. At about 7:30pm, our youngest daughter called to say something was wrong with our 18 year old daughter Nora, and that the ambulance was taking her to the ER. She received her second shot August 19, 2008 and had the seizures September 2, 2008. I got a phone call from a young woman who lives on the same floor in the same dorm as Nora to let me know that Nora had had a seizure.” 
Theresa Bohn - Age 21 (Marlborough, Massachusetts)
Prior to Gardasil, I had no previous known illnesses or behavioral issues, except for an occasional migraine headache. I had no complications whatsoever with IUD or menstrual cycle until after I had my first Gardasil shot (Lot 1758U) on April 28, 2008 - IUD removed October 2008. My second Gardasil vaccination (Lot 0651X) was on January 8, 2009 and I had this along with a tetanus shot. My symptoms include: 30 lbs unexplained weight loss and my hair falling out in clumps and migraines. 

I experienced sudden sharp pains all over my body, which are most intense in my head, abdomen and legs. Earaches and frequent ear popping with pain and stiffness in elbows, knees, wrists and ankles and a numbness in my face including lips, nose and cheeks; pressure in sinuses, stiffness and tightening in my neck. I have had vision problems including double vision, blurred vision, light auras, difficulty focusing and pain/pressure in and around my eyes. Frequent muscle spasms all over and a weakness/numbness/tingling in arms and pains in legs. 
Have experienced weak to no reflexes in my left elbow and right knee and have had chest pains and tightness. Sharp shooting pains in pelvic area/vaginal areas. Also my menstrual cycle has been irregular and heaviness with pain in lower back. Cramps/Charlie horses in legs and feet and also cold hands and feet and also experiencing tremors in my legs. Severe anxiety issues, causing my heart to race/blood pressure to increase; anger and irritability issues. I am unable to concentrate for any length of time. The sensation to urinate comes on strong and it feels like I am going to lose control and am left with a feeling of incomplete urination. 

Diagnosis: An X-ray showed my spine is straightening and CT scan showed my intestine is swollen. I have received no exact diagnosis as yet. I am to receive an MRI of my brain and neck (cervical) in August 2009 and shortly afterwards I am scheduled to see a Neurologist.

Gardasil has completely changed my life. Before Gardasil, I never had a pain that I could not explain. For a year now I have been in and out of doctors offices desperately searching for an answer. I am no longer able to perform my job the way I used to. Before Gardasil, I was enrolled in college with a 4.0 and now I cannot even finish a book I am just trying to enjoy. I feel like I am not giving my son and fiancé the time they deserve from me, because I am too tired, in too much pain, or because I am at the doctor’s office. I just want to be myself again and enjoy every moment of being a mom, but everyday it feels like I am falling further away from the “old me” or the “me before Gardasil.”
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Steffanee Richardson (Hallsville, Missouri)
My daughter Steffanee’s illnesses started after she had completed her three Gardasil vaccinations, the first was in 8/2008, the second in 11/2008 and the final vaccination she had on 1/2/2009. Her serious health problems started on February 2, 2009 and from that moment on things started to deteriorate. Over a period of time she had four ER visits at the University of Missouri, Columbia and the Mayo Clinic, Minnesota. Her many symptoms included: headaches, panic attacks, she could not breathe, felt her throat was closing up, brain fog, fatigue, severe joint and muscle pain and spasms, really bad knee pain, energy level low, non epileptic seizures, twitches, neurological disorder with muscle movements that are uncontrollable, jerking of limbs and entire body. That is to name just a few and today there has been a slight improvement, doing better, but still has twitching/jerking of limbs and knee pain. 

Our lives were turned upside down on Feb 2, 2009. We got a call from her school, our 17 year old daughter was having severe seizures, screaming in pain. This was the very first time I had ever seen anything like that. It started with muscle spasms in her back. It was like that for 6 weeks, ambulance rides and in and out of hospitals and ERs. It was her first visit to the hospital; she was a very healthy girl prior to having the Gardasil vaccinations. I worry about her every day. Her life has been on hold for about 5 months, she sleeps a lot. She is very fatigued most of the time. Her personality changed through all this, I'm sure it's because she was in so much pain. I hope and pray every single day that these seizures will stop, that this Gardasil vaccine will get out of her system and let her have her life back. She went through a depression when she was in and out of the hospital, missing school & cheerleading. She was VERY active prior to February 2, 2009. 

I have to have my cell phone with me every minute of the day, afraid that she will need me or that one of her friends is trying to get in touch with me, because she is having a seizure. Adolescents are supposed to be carefree and worry about nothing. Gardasil changed that for a lot of girls. The emotional stress alone has been very hard on our family. The financial part has added more stress. I believe they have run every test available on her, all results......normal. That in itself is not normal with all the serious health problems that Steffanee has. 

They say stress adds to the Gardasil Girls problems. How can they not be stressed, worrying that they will become ill at school and their parents would then have to be sent for?
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*Cassie Summers (Missouri) - See letter from Cassie’s mom
“Our nightmare started December 2007 without us even knowing it and willingly my fun loving active daughter pulled up her sleeve and received the first of three Gardasil vaccines. Cassie, 14 at the time, is known for her genuine love of life and her heart warming smile, she was very active in church and youth group belonging to FCA at school as well as playing volleyball and running track. That was until Gardasil stole her life away from her”. 

“Since receiving her third Gardasil vaccine she has been hospitalized 4 times and had in my opinion a unnecessary surgery, she has been diagnosed with pancreatitis, gastrointestinal disorders, had pneumonia three times, and is also suffering from a variety of symptoms including extreme nausea and vomiting resulting in having a central line placed and being put on TPN and Lipids (IV nutrition), fatigue, dizziness, headaches, hypersensitive to light and sound, blurred vision, lactation, seizure like activity, tingling and numbness in legs and severe pain in her abdomen. My once fun loving, active daughter is now debilitated with illness and pain, however she refuses to allow Gardasil to take away her loving spirit and warming smile.” 
“Through all of this she has taught me so much about never giving up and never losing faith in God, even at times when I was so afraid to take my eyes off her in fear she would not take another breathe”, she would say, "I know God has a plan I know there is a reason for my sickness." We could all learn a lot from these girls I know I have and I am so proud of Cassie.”
*Holly Kysar (New Mexico)
Holly received her first shot in May of 2007 and her second in July of 2007. She started to experience side effects immediately but the doctor did not think it was an issue when it came time for her second shot. Here is a list of the side effects Holly experienced right after the second shot. Fainting, dizziness, nausea, weakness, body aches. Her first known seizure was in November of 2007 with what Holly states is brain fog. As of today she still has seizures that are being controlled with medication and she still complains of brain fog and finds it difficult to concentrate and retain information. Holly’s symptoms at time of writing continue and include seizures, fatigue, irritability, depression, muscle and joint pain, headaches, painful menstrual cramps, hair loss and rash.
Laurel Brishel Prichard (Alburquerque, New Mexico)
My daughter was perfectly healthy until she received the first Gardasil vaccination at 18 years of age on March 23, 2008. Within 24 hours of the vaccine she began complaining of a terrible backache which lasted about a week. Then she started having fatigue, stomach aches, vision problems and overall body aches. She had her first seizure within a week after these symptoms. She got the second shot on May 6, 2008 and the symptoms worsened and so did the full grand-mal, tonic-clonic seizures. She also started having migraines, tremors and bruising. The seizures increased to daily, sometimes more. 

We spent the summer of 2008 calling ambulances and in the hospital (UNMH, Lovelace) where they said the seizures were non-epileptic. She also had several UTIs which she'd never had in her life. In July, she had a cluster of seizures (4) and almost died on my living room floor when she stopped breathing and turned blue. By the Fall of 2008 the seizures started spreading out further. We did not get the 3rd Gardasil shot as I had made the connection between her illness and the vaccine. As time passed, the symptoms seemed to be resolving one by one. In December 2008 she had a new symptom, bleeding gums which lasted until July 2009 and now this appears to have been resolved. 

Her last seizure was January of 2009 until this past weekend, August 15, 2009 when she had 3 seizures. She still suffers from the seizures and a severe tremor that has never gone away or lessened. She has fought hard for her life and to get her health back. She's stayed in College, though her grades fell from the Dean's List prior to the vaccine. My daughter was perfectly healthy until she received this unnecessary vaccine. I know the vaccine made her ill and I want to know how to make her well again. Stop this vaccine before any other girls are injured. She lost her independence and had to move home, her job, her grades, her health, her freedom and I have spent the last 18 months with many sleepless nights, spent tons of money on medical bills, endured horrid treatment by medical professionals because they didn't have answers and my business has suffered too as she could not be left alone because of the drop seizures. Please investigate this vaccine and help our girls and prevent other girls and mothers from enduring this nightmare.
Bridget Boyce (Cary, North Carolina)
My 17 year old daughter Bridget was a happy and healthy young woman prior to vaccination of Gardasil. She received her first vaccination of Gardasil (Lot 0961F) on 23rd January 2007 together with Hep A and Menactra. She received a single dose of Gardasil (Lot 0384U) on 4th April 2007 and her final vaccination ( Lot 0524U) took place on 25th July 2007 which she had along with a Hep A shot. She was first diagnosed with pneumonia in July 2007 which resulted in an ER visit to Wake Med Hospital in Cary, NC. Her symptoms included hair loss, chronic sinus infections, migraines, weight gain, dizziness and brain fog (complaints of dyslexia) and severe PMS symptoms. By November 2007, she was experiencing changes in her menstrual cycle. In December 2008, Bridget had to be admitted to ER, Miami Valley Hospital in Dayton, OH with diarrhea and vomiting, and this re-occurred again in August 2009 and she had to go back to the ER at the Miami Valley Hospital to be treated. 

Since finding out about Gardasil in January of 2009, the lives of our family have been turned upside down. Let me begin by saying that when my daughter first had pneumonia in the summer of 2007, I thought she was going to die. It was so severe that she was on oxygen at the ER and at home. I had to continuously pound on her back to help break up the mucous. Several months later, I knew something was terribly wrong when my previously healthy 19-year old was continuously ill with migraines, sinus infections, and menstrual changes (she was starting menopause at age 19 – getting a heavy period every two weeks). 

After hours upon hours of research, I realized that Gardasil was the culprit. I read horror stories about sudden death and seizures in other girls that had the Gardasil vaccine. 

Unfortunately, my daughter was a nine-hour drive from me. I was afraid that she could die at any minute. I felt completely distraught and at fault for making my daughter ill since I recommended she have the vaccine. Thank God I found other families with children suffering as my pediatrician told me I was overlooking the benefit to the majority. I was able to get much-needed support of other parents whose daughters had experienced worse side effects than Bridget. I still do not know if she will completely recover or ever be able to have children. I am grateful that my daughter is now doing so much better after getting help from Dr. Mark Flannery. 

This vaccine has robbed my daughter of her best years in college. She has struggled to get good grades over the past two years. She would often call me in tears because the fatigue was so overwhelming. She was constantly concerned she would lose her college scholarship. I had to let her know it was OK to get a C or even a D if she could just get through to the end of the school year. I am optimistic about her future but deathly afraid of the unknown issues from this vaccine.
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Lauren Brooke Mathis (North Wilkesboro, North Carolina)
Because of Gardasil, my beautiful 13 year old daughter missed almost her entire eighth grade year. She became severely depressed because she could not attend school or be with her friends like a normal child. Because of Gardasil, she was “One Less” in all aspects of her life. 

She went from being an Academically Gifted student to one who struggled to complete her 8th grade year of school. She was placed on a modified school plan by her principal who fully backed her because she was an excellent student who had been in the North Carolina Academically Gifted Program since 2nd grade. Her life became an endless round of hospital and doctor visits with little resolution to the severe pain that she was experiencing. She was even sent for surgery on her gall bladder at Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center where a skilled surgeon recognized the symptoms were more than gall bladder dysfunction and thankfully did not operate. We have spent the past year researching this horrible vaccine and the side effects and treating her with vitamins and medicine. My daughter is currently being treated by Duke University’s Children’s Hospital and Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center’s Brenner’s Children’s Hospital and the bills are now in the tens of thousands of dollars. 

Thankfully, I am a manager for Lowe’s Home Improvement Warehouse in their Corporate Office and have a good insurance policy which has helped cover the costs associated with the effects of Gardasil. 

Lauren’s dates of vaccinations were 2/4/08 (Lot #1448U); 4/16/08 (Lot #1757U); 8/18/08 (Lot #0067X).

With her second Gardasil vaccination, Lauren also received Varicella 165U and Menactra U2559AA. 

Symptoms over this past year and a half have included: enlarged liver, gall bladder attacks, severe nausea, chest pain, severe abdominal pain, severe headaches, brain freezes, stomach ulcer, sensitivity to light. 

The horrible realization is that VAERS is not accurate. Prior to Gardasil, I did not know what VAERS was. When my daughter became ill, I found out about VAERS by research performed on the internet. My daughter’s doctors did not even know what it was and they did not file a report until I filed one myself and told them they were obligated by law to file a report. How can the #’s be accurate if doctors don’t file the reports? I even had to explain what VAERS is. Shouldn’t VAERS and the adverse side effects of vaccines be taught in medical school or shouldn’t the doctors receive periodic newsletters from the CDC explaining VAERS and its importance? 
The CDC and FDA are not doing their jobs. If they were, after tens of thousands of people died from Merck’s VIOXX, how was Gardasil so quickly pushed into the marketplace? Someone with the proper authority needs to research this and get a full understanding as to how this could happen when Merck had already been proven to be at fault for so many deaths. 

Who is protecting the American citizens and our precious children? How many girls will have to die before someone takes this seriously? I beg of you to please ensure that this is investigated and that some changes are made to the VAERS reporting system which includes doctors being held responsible for reporting all adverse reactions following vaccinations. They should not simply brush reports of adverse reactions aside and just referring to them as “she just has a virus.” A virus would not last for one year, and the doctors do not understand the side effects of the vaccines that they are giving. It should be mandatory that the doctors fully understand vaccines and their side effects and that they inform the parents UPFRONT of what could happen. 

I pray that you consider my comments seriously and recognize that there are many issues which require to be investigated. If you have any questions, please feel free to call me at 336-838-7578 or email me at RDMATHIS2@CHARTER.NET.
Crissey D Meeks (Raleigh, North Carolina)
My name is Crissey Meeks and I am 27 years old and I know there are a lot of teenagers dealing with a lot of unexplained symptoms after receiving the Gardasil shot. I just want to share my experience with them and the world. People, doctors, parents, and politicians need to be aware of the toxins they are pumping into innocent victims on a daily basis. Before ever receiving the Gardasil shot I was perfectly normal, I was a young, vibrant, and full of energy woman. I mean I loved my life and I lived it to the full. I was your typical over the age of 21 young woman and I was very social, going out and just highly active. 

It all started with an abnormal pap smear. My gynaecologist was to perform a colposcopy and I had the procedure done. When I came back to the doctor for the results she stated that it would be very beneficial for me to receive the HPV Vaccine. You know she told me all the things that it would be helpful for me to hear. How it will prevent cervical cancer, how it was free, and it was basically a win, win situation. I read the pamphlet and then I made the worst decision of my life.

On 5/11/07 I received the 1st shot of the series. As soon as it went into my arm I felt a burning sensation going through my arm & my body. I left the doctor’s office after this and went back to work. My right arm was so sore, but I figured it was normal to have the pain and swelling. Little to my knowledge did I realize that my life would change after that. My right side was extremely sore for over a week. I had this kind of knot in my arm at the injection site. Still I just brushed it off as a normal reaction to the vaccination. 

6/08/07 I started feeling a little funny. I couldn’t really explain it. I felt pain in my stomach, achy all over; I just kept on doing what I was doing. My brother was leaving for India so I was trying to plan a farewell get together at my house on the 9th. So I was pretty much running around trying to get things together. Saturday morning I was up to get started with all the preparations. I felt horrible and it hurt so bad just to stand upright. My belly hurt so much and I hadn’t eaten anything since that Friday morning. I just did not have an appetite. Family & friends started coming. I mean we had food galore. I never touched anything. My sister noticed I wasn’t eating and I just said I wasn’t hungry. I was tired and in so much pain. The next morning I felt worse, but it was Sunday and my usual routine is to go to church. 

I remember this like it was yesterday. I had on my red sleeveless summer dress and I headed for church. I mean my car was a 5 speed & it about killed me to drive. I drove slouched over because by then everything hurt. My head, eyes, arms, legs, abdomen, it felt like I was falling apart. I sat in church in agony and I couldn’t even get up to put my offering in the basket. I left church and went to my mother’s house as we always gather at her house after church. She made my favorite roast and lemon cake, but I never said a word to anyone, I just sat in the chair in pure pain. I really do not let people know when I feel bad as I do not want anyone feeling sorry for me. I stayed at her house for about 30 minutes and then I simply got up walked outside and left. I didn’t say good bye, I was leaving, nothing. I just didn’t want to be around anyone. Once I made it home I just cried. I could not even take off my dress. I finally called my mom around 10p.m. and told her how bad I felt. She said to call my brother so he could take me to the ER. But going there is a last resort for me as you have to drag me to the hospital. 

I just lay on the couch and cried. The next morning I tried getting it together to go to work. I still felt the same way but I pushed myself to go. I sat at my desk slouched over, dizzy, feeling like crap. I think I stayed 30 minutes. I called my family practice physician, they told me to come in that day. I arrived at the surgery and they really did not know what was wrong with me. I was thinking that they would at least make me feel a little better but unfortunately no. They drew blood and put me out of work for the week. I get my results back and they say I need to go and see a specialist (Rheumatologist) and so I did that. They do the exact same thing as before, run tests and draw blood. So I stay out of work for another week. Once they got the results back they tell me I have Lupus. So I accept their diagnosis as I figured that had to be my problem. He said the condition was controllable. 

7/19/07 I go back to my gynaecologist to get the next shot. Still oblivious that this was the reason I was sick in the first place. I have the same symptoms after the fact, but by now I am having these trembles. I have never had this before in my life. In certain periods of time my arm or my legs just start to shake. I still just brushed it off, even although it was not normal for me to do this. I still have the joint and muscle pain, headaches, sensitivity to sunlight, but I am still trying to live my life. I am not active at all and I don’t want to do anything and I am complaining about everything. My whole attitude has changed. It seems I am angry all the time, forgetting the simplest things. 

10/18/07 I go and get my last shot. The gynaecologist was on vacation but her nurse rendered my shot. Now I received my Gardasil in one arm and my Depo shot in the other. I thought it was crazy to get both of these shots at the same time. But I am the patient. I did not know that I was not supposed to receive more than one vaccination at a time. So now I have both arms in pain. But still I never put two and two together. Now it’s December 2008. and I am still going through the same thing, only I started getting worse.

I figured it was a part of my Lupus so I went to my physician again for advice as I was just in pain every day. Medicine wasn’t working and I was taking a hot bath every day. 

Everything I did made me feel tired and I have an attitude that is off the hook. My back hurts, my neck hurts, I also have trembles, tingling, headaches, and dizzy spells. But I went to the doctor and they ran tests and took x-rays. When she got my blood work back she said everything was normal other than my WBC was low. My chest x-ray showed something so I ended up having to get a CT scan and this did not identify any problem. I went back to the doctor and I have had a muscle enzyme test, in which it was highly elevated showing I have inflammation in my muscles. My WBC went back to normal but my iron levels have decreased. So now I am on iron pills. I have been tested for everything under the sun. When I started the vaccine my menstrual cycle changed and I have not had my period in over a year. Since September 2008, my cycle has been going crazy. 

I have anger issues that I really cannot control sometimes. It’s just like I am a whole different person than the person I was before 5/11/07. I have bursts of anger towards everyone. No one is excluded from my rage. At one point in time I thought I was just crazy. I just want to go back to the old Crissey and I push myself every day. Sometimes I feel like I am alone in this. I know something is wrong with me, but when you cannot even get the doctors to admit that it is from this vaccine then where do you go? What do you do? I once was happy about my life, even when things weren’t all that great. Now it’s like I am in this depression that I cannot get out of. The worry, the stress, it’s just too much sometimes. 

02/19/09 – Today I am still going to the doctor on a regular basis for everything. I go to several doctors now. I get diagnosed with this and with that. Take pills for this and that. Before the shots I was healthy, I did not have any medical issues and I was very active. Now it’s like I am just a whole different person. I was diagnosed with pancreatitis. I have ulcers in my stomach & intestines. I go through memory lapses when I forget things. My food does not digest so I go long periods without having a bowel movement. I have had ultrasounds, MRI’s, you name it. I push myself and keep going because I have a 9 year old daughter that I want to see get older. When I look at her it keeps me going.
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*Brittney Fiste (Ohio)
I want to introduce you to another young woman and her name is Brittney. She has been suffering from the side effects of Gardasil. I had the privilege to meet Brittney in September 2008. She was lying on the couch covered up with a blanket and she needs to wear dark glasses because light hurts her eyes terribly. What I saw was a very upbeat young woman with a twinkle in her eyes when she took off her dark glasses briefly for me. I also witnessed one of her seizures. She has gotten so used to them that she knows when one is coming most of the time. Brittney is suffering with constant pain, seizures, nausea, weakness and dizziness and needs a wheelchair to get around. This young woman is a warrior in my opinion. She is doing the best she can to not let this get her down. She fights everyday and night, 24/7. Her wish is for doctors to stop giving the vaccine so others do not become like her. 

Brittney received her first shot in June of 2007 and her second in August of 2007. 
This is what her mother wrote to me about Brittney's side effects. This is but one paragraph from a very long letter. 
“The adverse reactions began slowly, a fainting spell within 24 hours for no reason, then an odd occurrence a few days later - she was on a date and suddenly couldn't move or speak though her eyes remained open and she could hear. A floating sensation came over her, then slowly she began to lose consciousness. This lasted about five to eight minutes. Her date thought she had died. After she came to, she thought the whole episode was somehow related to her fibromyalgia in a new way. Nothing like it had ever happened before to her. One week later, Britt was with a group of friends at an amusement park when her legs suddenly gave out, hammering pain ran up and down her thighs and calves. This lasted about 15 minutes, and it ended as abruptly as it came on. None of this made any sense when taken as isolated incidents - but I kept track of all of them since they made me very concerned. The leg pain would come and go the rest of the summer, but in a much less intense manner.” 
You can read Brittney's dad's letter to me here to see what a father goes through when their child is suffering. 

UPDATE: Brittney is finally able to use crutches and a walker to get around. Family is hoping that the wheelchair will eventually be a thing of the past when she is able to get braces.
Brooke McFarland (Cincinnati, Ohio) 
My daughter had her Gardasil shots on 22nd January 2009( Lot #0650X) and 11th June 2009 (Lot #0558X). 

Her first experience with an ER visit was on 16th July 2009 when we had to take her to Mercy Mt. Airy, Cincinnati and this was followed by a visit to our family doctor the following day. He sent Brooke to see a series of heart doctors firstly at Christ Hospital, Cincinnati and then to a third doctor for a second opinion. As stated below, she has been diagnosed with this heart condition. 
Brooke is a 21 year old College student who was active, athletic and full of energy before receiving the Gardasil vaccinations. She was happy go lucky with her whole life ahead of her until she started fainting for no reason. We have had many tests carried out, including CAT scans , blood work, EEG, EKG, HEART MONITOR you name it and she has had it. The doctors say that she has Neurocardiogenic Syncope which is a problem with the brain not communicating with the heart. The doctors are talking about her needing a pacemaker. She has passed out in the tub, driveway, hallway, bathroom floor and it is frightening to find her like that. 

We are just hoping she will not get hurt or worse from the fall. She is supposed to start back to College in September but we are not sure what will happen as she cannot drive for fear of passing out. Please let us know if there is anything we can do to help this cause. Our lives are on HOLD and we are HOLDING our breath. We need someone to listen to us as our daughters are getting badly damaged from this vaccine.
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*Danielle Nicosia (Pennsylvania)
“This story is about my daughter Danielle and the effects Gardasil has had on her.”
“My daughter Danielle is 23 years old. October of 2007 she received the 2nd Gardasil vaccine and shortly after became very ill. She experiences migraines, saying her brain hurts, passing out (syncope), numbness in hands and feet, tingling, limbs contracting, hands like claws, seizures, rolling eyes, foaming from mouth, confusion, heart palpitations. She has been hospitalized 9 times since January of 2008, 3 hospitals, 4 neurologists, she has had EEG's, TEE, lumbar puncture, MRI, MRA, CT, CTA, everything is normal. She also now goes into a regression. Sometimes unable to walk, speak, see, hear. She passes out every day since last year. She is on medical leave from college, no quality of life whatsoever. “
“Danielle has developed hypoglycemia, hypothyroidism, vitamin D deficient, her liver enzymes are shot, her adrenal glands are off as well as her hormones. She gained 40 lbs from all the meds she was put on and the seizure medication has affected her brain”. “Needless to say, we are devastated and heartbroken. Danielle was just a few credits shy of graduation and her life is on hold. So this has been a battle for over a year now. Her gynecologist is no longer giving out the vaccine.” “Where do we go from here? We have to fight to get this off the market.”
“With love from me a mother who is truly desperate, please, please can you help.......”
Victoria Ventimiglia (Philadelphia, Pennsylvania)
My daughter, Victoria, has been ill since February 2008. She had her first Gardasil vaccination November 2007. Her second vaccination was in the beginning of February 2008. Immediately after this, Victoria experienced severe diarrhea and was nauseous for about eight weeks. Initially doctors thought she had a virus but on March 31, 2008, she had her first seizure. My daughter has been treated by many neurologists, all of whom have not related her seizures to Gardasil. 

My daughter has had CT scans, MRI's, MRA's, EEG's, blood work and was hospitalized at an epilepsy center in the video EEG Monitoring Unit for two separate weeks in May 2008 and September 2008. She was put on many different seizure medications. After the normal EEG results, she has been taken off all medications. My daughter has been seen by several neurologists, a psychiatrist, psychologist, several neuropsychologists, an immunologist, several infectious disease doctors, and also treated at a Wellness Center for a period of time. Doctors at this Center believe that Victoria may have Lyme disease that was dormant but which was triggered by the Gardasil vaccine but this has not been confirmed by any other medical doctors. 
My daughter currently experiences the following symptoms: non-epileptic seizures, migraines, fainting, tremors, twitches, numbness, intermittent leg paralysis and facial paralysis, tingling, staring or blank episodes, eye pain, joint pain, neck pain, back pain, memory loss, confusion, brain fog, regression, mood swings and chronic fatigue. These symptoms are experienced by many other girls who have had the Gardasil vaccination. She continues to have bouts of nausea and diarrhea

She has not been in school since April 2008. My daughter can never be left home alone. She can't go to school, go out with her friends or work or has little "normalcy" in her life. She has very few good days and always says she doesn't feel well. Our security at home has had to be increased as Victoria gets confused after a seizure, or when she has memory loss, and can leave the house without our knowledge and “goes missing”. She also has to be supervised while showering in case she should take a bad turn. 

Each day, I cry and wonder if Victoria will be the next one to die from adverse reactions to Gardasil.

Thank you for your time and attention.
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*Mikaela Tindell (Tennessee)
This girl's name is Mikaela and she was 10 years old when she received her first Gardasil shot. Before the shot she was a healthy and active young girl. Mikaela received her first shot in July of 2007 and in two weeks had a rash on her face, neck and chest and facial swelling. She received the next doses in September of 2007 and January of 2008.
Presently Mikaela is suffering from fatigue, nausea, stomach pain, migraine headaches and has been diagnosed with PCOS. Her periods stopped shortly after the vaccine. This young girl struggles every day with fatigue and pain but still maintains a B average in school even though she misses a lot of school days. This girl's mother, as at original date of writing this piece, was the moderator of a group called Let's Talk About Gardasil.
Ainsley Bailey (Plano, Texas)
My 17 year old daughter, with prompting from her new adolescent pediatrician, received the first Gardasil vaccine on 4/23/09. She was told the side effects were: pain and redness at the injection site and possible fainting so she would need to stay in the office for 15 minutes following the injection. The next day, 4/24/09 she began having symptoms of dizziness, nausea and abdominal pain. On the 5th day of symptoms, we called the pediatrician and she said that it could not be due to the Gardasil because it was too long past the injection and she felt it was viral. So we waited. The longer the vaccine was in her system, the sicker she became. 

We called the doctor again in June because the symptoms had progressed to include: numbness and tingling to feet, joint pain, muscle weakness so severe that she needed me to support her to walk, stabbing pain to her back, headaches, stabbing pain to her feet, skin sensitivity, brain fog, chest pain, shortness of breath, racing pulse, extreme fatigue, visual disturbances and severe pain with movement. We saw the pediatrician on 6/3/09 and she referred us to Dr. Steven Linder, Neurologist, Medical City Hospital in Plano. We saw him on 6/8/09 and he diagnosed her extreme foot pain as peripheral neuropathy which was a result of the Gardasil vaccine. She was started on Prednisone to treat the extreme inflammatory process going on in her body and the neuropathy.

She was seen in the ER on 6/16/09 due to severe chest pain, shortness of breath and nerve pain to feet and arms. EKG's, CXR, blood drawn. After 4 hours in ER, she was given 2 Tylenol and sent home. They did not know what was causing the problems because test came back normal.

Symptoms continued daily until 7/10 when she had about 10 good days. The symptoms slowly returned. We sought the help from several different doctors who had little else to offer because they did not know how to deal with Gardasil side effects. We consulted a chiropractor on 7/30 and treatment was begun. Once again, Ainsley has had about 10 good days but slowly the symptoms are re-occurring. Today she is suffering from dizziness, foot pain and extreme fatigue.

This should be her senior year in high school and she is being home schooled due to the unpredictability of her health. That is what Gardasil has done to my daughter.

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Kelly E McFarland (Leesburg, Virginia)
Kelly was a healthy, athletic girl until she had mononucleosis at the age of 15½ in May of 2006. By December 2006, she had almost recovered and her pediatrician recommended Gardasil. Her dates of vaccinations were 12/15/2006 (Lot 0637F); 2/15/2007 (Lot 0186U) and her final vaccination was on 6/2/2007 (Lot 0522U). My daughter’s illnesses have covered a three year period and she has still not recovered. Kelly’s symptoms during this period of time have included: Immediately Urinary tract infections – 5; Upper respiratory trait infection, strep throat 3 times, progressing to joint pain, muscle pain, muscle weakness, fatigue, irregular but very painful periods, memory loss, moodiness, anger, occasional slurred speech, 2 bumps growing under the skin on her face, insomnia, panic attacks, runny nose all the time (had no allergies previously), body temperature issues, gastrointestinal issues and night sweats. Kelly was diagnosed with Posterial Orthostatic Tachacardia Syndrome (POTS) in April 2009. 

Kelly’s days are all the same, she wakes up and is in pain all day long – joint, neck, shins, knees and her body is sensitive to touch. She cannot take a shower and lift her arm over her head, walking upstairs causes her heart to race and she cannot get to sleep without medication. Her sleeping pattern has been completely altered and she can sleep two days in a row. If she is not vomiting or having diarrhea with a stomach upset, then she is constipated. Her concentration levels are poor and Kelly cannot sit down and read a book, which she always used to enjoy. She is constantly exhausted and this is just not the young girl I used to have. 

Up until May 5, 2006, Kelly was a healthy, active 15½ year old teenager getting A’s and B’s in school and playing volleyball in national tournaments. Kelly had to give up volleyball because of her chronic illness and in February 2009 had to medically withdraw from college due to medical disability.
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Kristyn Allen (Gig Harbor, Washington State, formerly South Carolina)
My daughter was a happy, healthy 16 year old before Gardasil. This vaccine was literally pushed on us during a routine doctor visit. The doctor strongly advised getting this vaccine. She made it out to be the best thing to do for my daughter. She said there were NO side effects and this would prevent her from getting a whole list of things including cervical cancer and genital warts. Almost immediately after getting the first 2 vaccines, my daughter started having a whole list of problems. Kristyn’s symptoms included back pain, numbness in both legs and left arm, headaches, pressure behind eyes, neck pain, racing heart, chest pains, stomach pains, difficulty breathing, weakness, dizziness, tingling in left arm and both legs, jerking movements in legs and arms. I took her to several doctors including the emergency room – Mary Black Hospital, Spartanburg, SC. The hospital ran all sorts of tests including a CT scan. Everything would come back normal. I should also add that she was given the Menactra vaccine (U2606AA) at the same time as the Gardasil vaccination (0279X and 0653X). 

She continued to have problems. It was only after having the second vaccine that I found out about the side effects that other girls were having. I immediately started researching. The guilt was overwhelming. My once happy and healthy 16 year old had become a very sick girl. She was an A/B student but was now failing her 10th grade year. She did fail and is now having to re-take the 10th grade. She still has a list of problems. 

She threw her birth control in the trash because she didn’t want anything in her system. She was so sick. Two weeks later, she found out she was pregnant. Now, not only are we having to deal with the after effects of this horrible vaccine, but now the baby is in danger. 

This vaccine has completely changed our lives. My daughter is scared every day that she will be another 'one less' living. Merck should be ashamed!!!! Our daughters are NOT guinea pigs for the big pharmaceutical companies!!
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Rachel Long (Walworth, Wisconsin)
Gardasil has adversely affected my life. I am a teacher and I can’t tell you how many times I have had to run out the door after receiving a phone call from her high school telling me this is one of those times I have to come, only to find her leaning against a locker in the hallway having a seizure. During her seizures she stops breathing for periods of 30 to 40 seconds, the hard part is wondering if this is going to be the time she doesn’t start breathing again. It has been a long hard road, with more worries to come, will she ever be able to drive, work or go away to college? How do I send her away, who will be there to help my darling daughter?

Rachel (the one with the head wrap) and her sister Tori.
Rachel has several symptoms including numbness and tingling in her fingers and toes, fatigue and she has a really hard time falling asleep. She also suffers from UTI’s, ovarian cysts, she is moody and has trouble getting out of bed and she has seizures. Rachel has had upwards of 150 seizures following her third shot in June of 2008. Her other two shots were given in August 2007 and January 2008. Rachel was a very healthy young girl, aged 14, and full of life before ever having the Gardasil vaccinations. Now she is a very sick young girl who I desperately worry about. I know in my heart that she would not be sick today if she had not been vaccinated with Gardasil. We have had a diagnosis of Neurocardiogenic Syncope and seizures.
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June 18, 2009 by Gertrude Green – Gardasil – Women Hurt By Medicine
Section 1(c)
Samantha’s Story - a young girl with a history of health problems prior to Gardasil
Samantha Hendrix (Port Orange, Florida)
Our lives have been turned upside down after Gardasil. My daughter had a 3.8 GPA without even trying and she has failed all her classes since having this vaccination. Prior to having the Gardasil shots my daughter had serious health problems and had been diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes; allergies to pollen, tree, smoke, grass, tobacco, fragrance and dust and dust mites. She also suffers from Blounts disease and at the age of 12 was diagnosed as having Poly Cystic Ovary syndrome and was put on birth control pills to stop the excessive bleeding. This is no longer a problem as my daughter has not had a menstrual cycle since receiving her first shot in November 2007 – early menopause perhaps. 
My daughter’s health has been in serious decline since she received her Gardasil injections at the age of 14. Within hours she was vomiting, feverish with a terrible headache. She could not get out of bed for almost 3 weeks. I called the doctor regarding her illness and she said she must have received a bad flu shot. She was vaccinated with Gardasil at the same time as the flu vaccine. She now passes out with any exertion; a simple walk will put her out. She suffers from weakness in her both legs. Soon after the second shot she was crying because her feet were hurting and she was diagnosed later with peripheral neuropathy – right foot on 4/09/08 and left foot on 5/22/08. She could barely walk and was put in 2 com casts to keep her feet from hurting. Samantha also is experiencing more then 4 migraines a month now. She did have continual migraines for almost 3 weeks before they started to taper off. 

She faints and loses the ability to use her legs. This has happened many times then it’s followed by a 3 day migraine. I attribute these bizarre symptoms and her illness to the Gardasil vaccine. This is a human experiment on our daughters and they have been injured. Everyday when I wake up I am afraid that my daughter will be dead. I don’t want any other mother to go through what the Gardasil mothers are going through. She has been diagnosed with sleep apnea and has been put on a CPAP, diabetes2, degenerative disc disease and loss of peripheral vision in her left eye and peripheral neuropathy in both feet. She is still not any better 2 years later. 

Samantha’s symptoms after having the vaccinations are many from paralysis in arm which fortunately was temporary, to fainting once or twice weekly since third vaccination, with slurred speech and loss of feeling in her legs. Menstrual cycle changes, blurred vision, loss of peripheral vision in one eye and fatigue that is so bad she can hardly move. To compound all of this, she has aching muscles and is in a lot of pain daily and has been diagnosed with peripheral neuropathy in both feet. In addition, she has brain fog and from once being the brightest kid on the block, a walking encyclopaedia she has often been called, she has great difficulty in remembering things, in concentrating for any length of time and is not the young academic she once was before Gardasil. Something has damaged my daughter and her school records would confirm her scholastic skills before being vaccinated. 

Samantha’s last ER visit was on August 25, 2009. She had lower leg paralysis for more then 3 hours. This has been an unrelenting symptom since her last vaccine. I could not tell you how many times we have been to the ER. It would make you sick. I did take her to her paediatrician, Dr. Kathleen Santi, Halifax Family Health, I wanted her to see the paralysis in her legs. She refused to see her. She told me to take her to the emergency room. I could not believe that she would not even look at her. Samantha has been her patient since 2003. I was very offended by this. Gardasil did this to my daughter and how many kids have to be injured or killed by this vaccine before some action is taken? 

The Gardasil vaccine was not studied for administration with the flu vaccine. However my daughter received both on the same day. Samantha as you can see had a medical history of serious illnesses before being vaccinated and now her conditions have increased and she is left with very little quality of life. She was sick before now she is seriously sick following the vaccinations. It could be said that the two vaccines together were too much for her system but other moms’ children have suffered severe illnesses, including seizures and only receiving Gardasil. 

The point I am making, Samantha with her medical history should never have been vaccinated with Gardasil. Perhaps you could take the time to find out if Merck ever carried out any trials with Gardasil on impaired immune responses. I know that in the case of the sister vaccine, Cervarix, no such research was carried out by GlaxoSmithKline on this important area and young people are becoming ill in the UK as well. Samantha had many medical complaints prior to vaccination, now she is an invalid, in great pain and lives in fear, as do we all, that she will become paralysed. This is as a result of her being vaccinated and there has been a certain amount of neglect in this case, as there has been in many of the other cases. All we ask as moms, please someone listen and do something about this before any more young people are harmed by this terrible vaccine.

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*Jade (Adelaide, Australia)
“I am well outside your area, from Adelaide, Australia in fact.”
“I am the grandparent of a beautiful young 16 year old girl, who has over the past 18 months had to go through a complete life style change. The complete story is quite long and emotional but I will keep it as brief as I can.” 

“It all started in May 2007, about a week after her Gardasil injection was given to her, she started getting severe lower abdomen pain on the right hand side, it was tolerated for a week or so then she was hospitalised. No cause was found, however they decided to remove her appendix. She was no sooner released from hospital when she started getting severe lower back pain and paralysis of the legs. She was once again hospitalised and treated for pain management, this time her stay in hospital was 6 weeks being released just before her 15th birthday in September 2007. She was advised to get her second Gardasil injection, which she did and within 2 hours she had paralysis of the legs, just gave out on her while she was walking along.” 

“During the last twelve months, she has had continual back pain which starts at the lower back and moves up her spine to her neck. She has lost the use of her legs on many occasions, but the feeling usually comes back after a night’s rest. She has suffered severe body spasms of which she has had absolutely no control, as well as chest pain and breathing difficulty”. 
“About five weeks ago, one day after her 16th birthday she was taken to the Women’s and Children’s Hospital here in Adelaide and was once again admitted. At this point she had no use of her arms, legs and was unable to move her neck.” 

“Thank you for reading my plea, both her parents and grandparents are being told by the system that they do not know what is happening, how scary is this? Since September 2008 Jade has regained the use of her upper body but still cannot use her legs. She is still in the hospital in Adelaide, Australia.”                              
Chescia Kimberley Tunley (Sydney, Australia)
Our daughter’s nightmare following the first and subsequent Gardasil vaccinations – April to September 2009              
On Tuesday 28 April 2009, our daughter visited her GP’s rooms in order to have cold symptoms checked – temperatures, congestion etc. Whilst there her GP asked whether she had the Cervical Cancer vaccinations, to which she replied that she hadn’t due to being absent from school (being chronically fatigued to the point where we had to withdraw her officially from year 12 in 2008). As the free vaccinations were due to cease as of 30 June 2009, her GP suggested our daughter commence the immunisation programme, and she therefore had her first vaccination. Her arm was rather sore and she got an immediate headache. 

She was asked to come back in a month to have the second vaccination. 

On Tuesday 26 May she again visited her GP and had a second Cervical Cancer vaccination. Upon leaving the surgery she almost fainted on the street and over the next few days experienced painful headaches, hot and cold temperatures, she vomited a couple of times, blacked out momentarily, and had stomach pains. She also started drinking large quantities of water which didn’t quench her thirst. Over the next three weeks she progressively felt more unwell with headaches, fatigue and experienced cold symptoms, ie congestion, cough, muscle aches and a sore throat.
Since then she has suffered seizures, which were described as “panic” attacks, respiratory issues, leg, arm and facial tremors, she had periods of great thirst, she could not sleep, leg collapses, fainting and more. She was attended by paramedics on 10 to 12 occasions and taken to hospital emergency on 7 to 8 occasions. She has seen 3 GP’s, 3 neurologists, 1 psychiatrist, and a myriad of other medical specialists. Almost all dismissed her symptoms as anxiety related. No one could explain, however, how a 19 year old girl about to go on a 3 month overseas holiday would be anxious. God bless the open minded medical profession!
An EEG taken 1 month after the 2nd dose of Gardasil showed disrythmia, however the most recent EEG is much better,. But a bit like squeezing a balloon, as soon as you push one bit in, another issue seems to emerge. 

She remains in hospital, she walks maybe 150 metres a day and that exhausts her and we remain hopeful that over time she will get better. To date we have resisted using medication.
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These papers have been respectfully written on behalf of all the families who have been afflicted by the Gardasil vaccine. We are all indebted to Freda Birrell from Scotland for her tireless work in preparing this material. Freda in turn is indebted to Rosemary Mathis, NC, Roberta Boyce, NC and to Leslie Botha, Colorado, Women’s Health Educator, Radio Talk Show Host, Internationally Recognized Expert on Women’s Hormone Cycles for all their expert advice, help and comments – a merging of two great countries, Scotland and America for the good of all. 
The information marked with an * has been provided by kind courtesy of Cynthia Janak, research journalist and founder and president of the International Coalition of Advocates for the People.
by Andy Schlafly-
The HPV vaccine is a product developed by Merck under the brand name Gardasil, and it protects against a few strains of a sexually transmitted disease. Specifically, this vaccine protects against types 6, 11, 16 and 18 of the human papillomavirus (HPV), which is transmitted only by sexual contact with a promiscuous partner.

Only about 3% of women are infected in their lifetime by these four types of HPV (Types 6, 11, 16, 18) targeted by the vaccine.[1]

There have been 3,461 adverse reactions, including eleven deaths, reportedly due to the HPV vaccine since the FDA approval in June 2006.[2]

The HPV vaccine does not protect against other sexually transmitted diseases (e.g., chlamydia, herpes, hepatitis, trichomoniasis, gonorrhea, syphilis, HIV, AIDS), and the vaccine is not recommended for use in pregnant women or girls.[3]

The HPV vaccine is being promoted as protection against cervical cancer, but Merck itself does not ensure protection in its package insert.[4]

Rather, this claim is based on research showing that 70% of cervical cancer cases also have prevalence of these four strains of HPV, but correlation is not necessarily causation.[5] Cervical cancer has already been quickly declining in the United States without the vaccine.

The FDA approved this HPV vaccine without reviewing any epidemiological studies, and after monitoring for only a brief period elevated antibody levels in recipients of the vaccine.[6]

No tests were done, for example, to see if the vaccine causes cancer or birth defects in rats, though such tests would be easy for the FDA to require, if it weren't for the possibility that they might cause disapproval of the vaccine.[7]

The long-term consequences of the HPV vaccine are not known.

Children in the 9-year-old age group have been monitored for only 18 months, and there have been no studies of possible longer-term risks of the vaccine, such as infertility or cancer.

Merck sells Gardasil for $360 ($120 per shot in a three-shot series). Adding administrative costs, the overall cost to the public is $400-500 per child vaccinated. The cost of vaccinating 100 children will thus be at least $40,000, but only 3 out of that 100 will ever be exposed to the HPV types targeted by the vaccine.

The average age of diagnosis of cervical cancer is 48 years old. Accordingly, the effective cost is $13,000 per child to possibly protect her against a cancer over 30 years in the future. But the vaccine is not known to be effective for more than five years; most new vaccines are not effective any longer than that.

A 100% effective means of protection against the same diseases is freely available, and it is abstinence.

The Association of American Physicians and Surgeons, the Texas Medical Association and the American Academy of Pediatrics have not supported making this vaccine mandatory.

Dr. Jon Abramson, a member of the CDC's advisory committee on immunization practices, said to the Washington Times that "I told Merck my personal opinion that it shouldn't be mandated. And they heard it from other committee members."[8]

In addition to the above referenced injuries and deaths, many girls who receive the HPV vaccine say that it is the most painful of all injections they get, and that the vaccine itself burns, unlike the "other shots [that] tend to hurt only at the moment of the needle stick, and not after the vaccine plunges in." Many girls have been known to pass out from the pain.[9]

Parents can best decide whether to give this unproven vaccine to their own children, most of whom are never likely to benefit from it.

  1. This was confirmed by a study published February 28, 2007 in the Journal of the American Medical Association, JAMA 297(8):813-819, February 28, 2007.

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CBS Evening News Exclusive: Vaccine-Safety Group Study Shows Higher Instance Of Medical Side-Effects Than Another Vaccines.

(CBS) There are new concerns about Gardasil, the vaccine that prevents a virus that caused cervical cancer. It's approved for girls as young as nine. And five million have received it since it was approved two years ago. The FDA and its maker insist it's safe. ButCBS News investigative correspondent Sharyl Attkisson has exclusive information on some very serious side effects.

Gabby Swank was a straight-A student and cheerleader.

But that was before she became very ill following the standard dose of three Gardasil vaccinations, Attkisson reports.

You know the commercial. It showed teenage girls saying "I want to be one less" who gets the HPV virus, which is linked to cervical cancer.

"It was like a big hype among my friends, because we're like, 'we're gonna get it' because we felt almost pressured by the commercials," Gabby said.

Gabby got sicker after each shot, progressing to seizures, strokes and heart problems. It was her neurologist who suspected Gardasil was to blame.

"I think there are too many people having serious long-term side-effects," said neurologist Dr. Dwight Lindholm.

Last fall, the government and vaccine maker Merck concluded there's no link between Gardasil and serious adverse events like Gabby's. But a new analysis calls that finding into question.

The National Vaccine Information Center, a private vaccine-safety group, compared Gardasil adverse events to another vaccine, one also given to young people, but for meningitis. Gardasil had three times the number of Emergency Room visits - more than 5,000. Reports of side effects were up to 30 times higher with Gardasil.
"If I'd have known, we never would have gotten the shot," said Emily Tarsell, whose daughter, Chris, died three weeks after her third Gardasil shot. She was one of the 29 fatalities reported in two years. "And she'd be here to hug."

Barbara Loe Fisher, co-founder of the NVIC, said: "Now we know from this report that there are more reactions and deaths associated with Gardasil than with another vaccine given in the same age group. It's irresponsible not to take action."

Merck, the FDA and CDC question the value of the new analysis, say they continue to review the data, Gardasil remains safe and effective, and its benefits outweigh the risks.

Those who believe the vaccine hurt them aren't convinced. Gabby isn't cheering anymore and is too sick to even attend school.

"I struggle with guilt a lot, because I made the choice to get the shot for her," said Gabby's mom, Shannon Swank.

Meantime, Merck has asked the FDA to approve it for boys, who can pass on the cancer causing virus to girls, meaning the number of people getting Gardasil may double.

Cervical cancer usually develops in your late 20s to mid 30s. The protection period of Gardasil is estimated to be 5 years. That means, if you receive your first set of shots when you’re 10 years old, you’d need at least 2 to 4 additional booster shots to make it through your 30s. And THAT means you’ll have to expose yourself to the potential side effects of Gardasil over and over and over again.
But now to the real clincher, and I want you to read the following section as many times as you need to let this truly sink in…
U.S. statistics show there are 30 to 40 cervical cancer cases per year per one million women between the ages of 9 and 26, which is the age bracket that Gardasil targets (and was tested on).
According to Merck, Gardasil was shown to reduce pre-cancers by 12.2% to 16.5% in the general population. So, instead of ending up with 30 to 40 cases of cancer per million, per year, in that age bracket, the HPV vaccine can potentially bring it down to 26 to 35 cases of cervical cancer.
What that means is that you would have to vaccinate one million girls to prevent cervical cancer in 4 to 5 girls.
Further, about 37 percent of women who develop cervical cancer actually die from the disease, so vaccinating ONE MILLION girls would prevent 1 to 2 DEATHS per year...
Considering that:
Condoms reduce the incidence of human papiloma virus by 70% (compared to 12.2 to 16.5% for the vaccine)
The side effects of Gardasil include death, paralysis, and other less sensational chronic health problems
90% of HPV cases clear up on their own and therefore do not lead to cervical cancer
There Are Real Questions That Continue To Surface As Regards The Value Of The

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