Tribute to a lost Gardasil Girl: Jessica Ericzon

May 23, 9:34 PMVaccines ExaminerNorma Erickson

Jessie was born ready to tackle the world. It didn’t really matter what activity people were involved in, you would find her right in the middle of things. From the very beginning, she excelled at everything she tried to do. She was born believing life was a challenge she was ready for.

Jessie grew up across the road from her grandfather’s dairy farm. She learned how to milk cows, drive a tractor and put up hay. Hard work was no stranger to her, in fact, she relished the prospect. She knew it took hard work to get things done, but that did not bother her in the least.

Jessie loved people. It was her personal mission to come to the aid of anyone who was being being picked on. In her world, everyone deserved a fair chance. She tried to make sure everyone around her had one.

Jessica loved the outdoors. Whether it be cheerleading, snowboarding with her brother, working on the farm, or practicing her pitching for softball, she tackled it with an enthusiasm that could rarely be matched.

Jessica loved Spaghetti-O’s, pepperoni, lilies, listening to her iPod and making her friends laugh; not necessarily in that order. Her family and friends always came first and foremost in her heart and mind. She was a girl with all of her priorities in the right place.

Her zest for life extended to academics. Jessica was an honor student, a senior in High School, looking forward to going to college at SUNY. She planned to major in psychology. She was pursuing her greatest ambition, to become a New York State Trooper. Jessica had the world by the tail.

All of that promise came to an abrupt end on February 22, 2008, when Jessica’s parents came home from work to find her dead on the bathroom floor. Their shocking discovery occurred only 2 days after Jessie’s third and final injection of the HPV vaccine, Gardasil.

Once again, Gardasil seems to have lived up to their marketing campaign promise. Gardasil has taken one of the best of the best and made her ‘one less.’



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.