Meet the Gardasil girls: Kristyn from Washington

July 26, 7:05 PMVaccines ExaminerNorma Erickson

9 January 2009, fifteen year old Kristyn goes to the doctor for her regular check-up. Her doctor strongly advises her to get vaccinated with Gardasil, telling Kristyn it will protect her against a whole list of things including cervical cancer and HPV infections. The doctor assures Kristyn there are no side effects.

Little did she and her mother know, their decision to follow the doctor’s advice would change this happy, healthy, energetic honor student’s life.

Kristyn received her first Gardasil injection that day, along with another recommended vaccine, Menactra (to prevent menningitis). Shortly after, she almost passed out.

Like mothers around the world, her mom thought it was due to not eating and bought her a candy bar.

Kristyn experienced this a couple of other times before the second shot, but again, no one suspected it may be connected to her recent vaccination.

9 March 2009, the day after her sixteenth birthday, Kristyn received her second Gardasil injection. Shortly after, she started complaining about odd symptoms. One night, she was awake all night with terrible leg pains in both legs. Mom thought it was ‘just growing pains.’



Author: Leslie Carol Botha

Author, publisher, radio talk show host and internationally recognized expert on women's hormone cycles. Social/political activist on Gardasil the HPV vaccine for adolescent girls. Co-author of "Understanding Your Mood, Mind and Hormone Cycle." Honorary advisory board member for the Foundation for the Study of Cycles and member of the Society for Menstrual Cycle Research.