June 7, 8:23 PMVaccines ExaminerNorma Erickson
Rosie and Abbie are twins. They received their first injection of Cervarix together in mid October 2008. Rosie came home in tears with groin, knee and site pain. Abbie was unaffected. Her parents thought the majority of Rosie’s aches and pains were consequences of her active involvement in so many sports. That was not the case.
Six weeks later, Rosie and Abbie had their second injection of Cervarix. Once again, Abbie was unaffected. Rosie was not so lucky. In addition to the pains she experienced with the first shot, Rosie was now walking funny and unable to take part in any of her beloved sports activities. Because she loved sports so much, she still tried to participate, but the knee and joint pain was so severe she could not even make it through warm-ups.
Rosie had been working toward her “Gold Certificate” for attendance. Previously, she would not even allow sports injuries to interfere with going to school. She would attend on crutches, if necessary. A few short months after her second injection, however, Rosie was too ill to attend school at all.
Her family doctor was puzzled and referred her a hospital pediatrician. That doctor referred her to a third in a different hospital. By this time, Rosie was unable to walk, did not have enough energy to even talk, eating was too much effort, and she still suffered from extreme joint pain and fatigue.
Her pediatrician stated it appeared Rosie had post viral fatigue and that she could have had a viral infection at the time of vaccination. He thought this could have been the cause of her reaction to the vaccine.
Abbie got her final Cervarix injection alone. She walked away unscathed.
Rosie has not been so lucky. Even though she only took two of the recommended three injections, her life is not the same. Her illness keeps changing. Improvements are few and far between, often followed by setbacks. She has had to use a wheelchair at times just to get outside. She is frequently in too much pain to walk upstairs, when she is able to walk. She suffers from dry eyes and must use drops every day to correct the situation.