Gardasil – The reactions range from loss of consciousness to seizures

Oh, and that’s not the reaction from the parents who will be forced to have their daughters injected with the HPV semi-preventative vaccine. Those are actually the reports of reactions of those who have received it.

Vaccine center issues warning
By Gregory Lopes
February 3, 2007

The National Vaccine Information Center yesterday warned state officials to investigate the safety of a breakthrough cancer vaccine as Texas became the first state to make the vaccine mandatory for school-age girls.

Negative side effects of Gardasil, a new Merck vaccine to prevent the sexually transmitted virus that causes cervical cancer, are being reported in the District of Columbia and 20 states, including Virginia. The reactions range from loss of consciousness to seizures.

“Young girls are experiencing severe headaches, dizziness, temporary loss of vision and some girls have lost consciousness during what appear to be seizures,” said Vicky Debold, health policy analyst for the National Vaccine Information Center, a nonprofit watchdog organization that was created in the early 1980s to prevent vaccine injuries.

Following federal approval of the vaccine in July 2006, a storm of legislation was introduced across the nation that would make the vaccine mandatory in schools. The District and Virginia are part of a group of at least 17 states considering such legislation. A measure had been introduced in Maryland, but it was shelved last week over concerns about the mandatory language in the bill.

Yesterday, Texas Gov. Rick Perry signed an order making Texas the first state to require the vaccine. Girls ages 11 and 12 would receive the human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine before entering the sixth grade starting in September 2008.

Now, admittedly, I’m not sure if this information is real or hype considering the National Vaccine Information Center promotes the whole autism/childhood vaccination link – which, like global warming, is an unproven theory based on pseudo-science, sketchy data and conspiracy hype. But considering there are other ways to prevent HPV (abstinence), I prefer not to be told my daughters MUST be vaccinated when I haven’t seen the track record of the vaccine. Perhaps I’m still miffed that the “Tell Someone” campaign commercials made my eight-year-0ld daughter believe she could get cancer from catching a cold virus – “A cancer that’s caused by a virus? Why didn’t I know about this?”

Read Her Body, Your Choice at See Jane Mom – some lively discussion follows the post.



  1. seejanemom said

    Thank you kindly for the link.

    I was considering an update on the post. Now linking back here seems the perfect way. Saves me a lot of typing!

  2. Jessica said

    In response to your article about Gardasil and reactions to it. My daughter received the vaccine on Monday, Aug 6th. Immediately she felt a strong burning sensation in her arm, then a bad headache and stomach ache. Within 5 minutes of her injection she had a seizure in the car. Girls are having severe reations to this drug, and I’m not sure why it is so “hush hush”. I have my local news station coming to do a story on my daughter later this week. I’m hoping that it will help other parents and girls make a better informed decision on this vaccine.

  3. candyslice said


    I hope that your daughter is doing well now. I am very sorry to hear of her reaction to the vaccine.

  4. Jodi said

    My 17 y.o. daughter had her second Gardasil shot the end of January 2008. Immediately, thereafter, she had six weeks of serious stomach issues. On March 30th, she began having seizures. She has undergone many tests, including CT scans, MRI”s, EEG’s and she is currently hospital at an epilepsy center.

    If anyone else has a similiar story, please contact me. The neurologists are identifying my daughter as “stressed” and we strongly believe that my daughter’s seizures are as a result of Gardasil.

    Please beware!

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