Mom Blames Teen’s Illness On HPV Vaccine

17,000 Patients Sickened By Gardasil, CDC Data Shows

POSTED: 3:02 pm EDT May 11, 2010
UPDATED: 3:25 pm EDT May 11, 2010


Fourteen-year-old Wilkesboro teen Lauren Mathis is happy to be able to do simple tasks like studying for school. That’s because she spent the past year and a half bedridden, missing more than 85 days of classes.”It really upset me, just being in pain and not being able to see my friends and do anything a normal kid would be able to do,” Lauren said.
Lauren’s mom, Rosemary, said her daughter’s illness started after a routine visit to the pediatrician a year and a half ago. Her doctor recommended a new vaccine for young women, called Gardasil.
Gardasil maker Merck claims the vaccine prevents the human papillomavirus, or HPV. It is recommended for girls ages 9 to 26.
“I always trusted my doctors. I always fully trusted all vaccines. I am not anti-vaccine at all, so I trusted him and I let him give it to her and should not have done that. But I did,” Mathis said.
According to the television commercial advertising Gardasil, side effects include pain, swelling, itching and redness in the injection site and fever, redness or dizziness.
Mathis said Lauren’s symptoms weren’t on that list. Doctors diagnosed her with an enlarged liver and a nonfunctioning gallbladder.
“I was scared and for probably a year I slept beside her because I was afraid for her to go to sleep,” Mathis said.

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.