July 8, 2:23 PMVaccines ExaminerNorma Erickson
Linda Morin had no idea she entered a nightmare on October 9, 2008. That is the day her beautiful daughter, Annabelle, received her first Gardasil injection at school. In Canada, HPV vaccination is part of the regular immunization schedule, and parents need not be informed when vaccination actually takes place.
Annabelle and her parents had heard about the vaccine two years earlier at a Urology Clinic. They were told this vaccine would prevent their daughter from ever getting cervical cancer and would save her life. They had even discussed it with Annabelle. They believed the vaccine was a good idea.
16 days after her first shot, Annabelle became very confused, was unable to speak and could hardly stand upright. Linda telephoned the Health Service and spoke to a nurse, who said it was not nornal for a girl in full health to have disorders of this kind. She was advised to take her to the Emergency Room.
The symptoms of aphasia, weakness, amnesia, headache and constant vomiting led to hospital admission for observation. Her parents did not know she had been recently vaccinated. Annabelle was to ill to tell anyone.
Annabelle was thoroughly examined. There was no trace of alcohol or drugs in her system. It was clear to her mother that the symptoms were neurological. No one at the hospital asked if Annabelle had been recently vaccinated, even though the medical community knew this vaccination program had recently started in the schools. This was the first error.