Gardasil Maker Encourages Parents To Make Informed Choice
May 10, 2010
KANSAS CITY, Mo. —
KMBC’s Kelly Eckerman reported that one family is haunted by a decision they made, which they think changed their world forever. While the answers are not all in with regard to this case, the family wants to be heard.
Alexis Wolf, 16, wishes she had spent this day at school with her friends. But that’s no longer a part of her life. Uncontrollable vomiting and seizures have left Alexis brain-damaged.
“It’s a nightmare. This whole thing is a nightmare,” said Alexis’ mother, Tracy Wolf.Wolf said it all started after her daughter received a series of Gardasil injections — something Wolf chose for her daughter in hopes of protecting her from cervical cancer.”The whole body feels achy. I feel like I want to collapse on the floor. I get dizzy a lot,” Alexis said.Her family told Eckerman that she is not the same child they knew three years ago, who was a healthy, happy honor-roll student.
Advertising from the maker of Gardasil urges parents to get their children vaccinated.Attorney Bill Ronan represents Alexis. He said that the Gardasil advertising guilts parents into getting the vaccine when he believes there are safer options.
“I’m not saying that any mother should not have done this because I’ve spoken with a number of mothers and unfortunately a lot of them carry guilt,” Ronan said. “But what the flyers don’t say and I don’t think the manufacturer is indicating to the public is there is a very real risk associated with this drug.”