August 6, 2010
by Christina England
It has been revealed by the European Medicines Agency that Belgium have decided to change their vaccine policy, regarding the Gardasil vaccine, lowering the original age group from 11 – 12 to as young as 9 years of age. The change made on the 24th June 2010 by the Committee for Medicinal Products for Human Use (CHMP) has shocked and angered many campaign and action groups.
The co – founder of the campaigning action group the Truth About Gardasil Rosemary Mathis, whose own daughter of 12 became seriously ill, after she was given the Gardasil vaccine was appalled by this latest move. She said:-
“In 2008, my previously healthy 12 year old daughter began her round of the Gardasil series after her pediatrician highly recommended the vaccine. I have always given my children the best medical care, so upon his recommendation, I agreed. After each injection of Gardasil, my daughter became ill and was taken back to her pediatrician who said she had a virus and the illness was unrelated to the vaccine. After the third injection, within 3 weeks, she became completely disabled. Our life became an endless round of very expensive hospital visits.
My now 13 year old daughter missed almost her entire 8th grade year of school. She went from honour student, to student who could barely survive because she couldn’t attend school. If she had not been an above standard student , she would never passed her 8th grade as she missed almost 100 days of school and on the days she could attend she was only able to attend a couple of hours.
It was horrible. My happy, healthy, daughter could no longer attend church, school, family outings, or anything other than doctor visits. My 13 year old had to take pain medicine to survive! There were times when she was too sick to even go to the doctor. NO CHILD OR PARENT should have to go through this for a vaccine which in reality may not even have a valid purpose.