July 27, 5:33 PMVaccines ExaminerNorma Erickson
Savanna was only 12 years old when her mother took her in for her regular check-up in November 2008. The doctor suggested Gardasil, and they both refused. Her mother had heard nothing negative about Gardasil, but cancer did not run in their family and Savanna was not sexually active; she saw no need for an extra jab for Savanna.
The doctor was not happy about their decision and spent the next fifteen minutes telling Savanna’s mom how terrible she would feel if Savanna contracted an HPV infection and/or cervical cancer when she could have been saved by a simple series of vaccinations.
Although still not comfortable with the limited knowledge they had at the time, Savanna and her mom decided to follow their doctor’s advice. Today, they would give anything in the world to take back that decision.