News West 9
By Camaron Abundes
HOBBS- Samantha Hobbs, 15, still doesn’t know exactly what is going on inside her body. After three rounds of the vaccine Gardasil she says she developed strange symptoms including nausea, fatigue, vomiting, and severe abdominal pain.
“I thought maybe she kept getting a stomach bug and it just wouldn’t go away.” Crystal Mapp says her daughter is suffering from the effects of Merck’s Gardasil vaccine.
Doctors told Mapp, Samantha’s Mom, the vaccine may have caused the symptoms but they couldn’t prove it either way.
“On my bad days, I’ve had seizures. I can’t eat anything, I am really weak.” Samantha Hobbs said normal days include stomach aches and fatigue. She eats nothing but foods rich in protein and vegetables.
“We didn’t really link it to anything.” Mapp said.
The vaccine is licensed by the FDA to prevent against the most common strains of HPV, types 6,11,16,18. The four strains cause most genital warts and are linked to most cervical cancer cases. The CDC recommends girls between 11-12 are vaccinated, but girls between 9 and 26 can receive the vaccine.
According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) website, more than 23 million doses of Gardasil were distributed in the United States as of December 31, 2008. Dr. John Iskander, with the CDC said most girls never suffer any side effects.
“They have got to figure out what happened with our girls, to prevent it in the future, if they are going to continue to use it in the future.” Mapp said the benefits don’t outweigh the risks.
A classmate of Samantha’s also suffered headaches, blackouts, and dangerous drops in blood pressure starting the week after the third and final Gardasil vaccine.