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If any of you know me personally (or via the social networks), you know I often share information on Facebook. A dear former co-worker and I still keep in touch through this medium, and she responded to a video that I posted regarding the risks of the HPV vaccine (that in all actually has little to no benefits). Because this information is so important, with her permission, I am sharing with all of you in the hopes that you will conduct your own research and use your intuition to make decisions about vaccinations for you and your family.
Here is Jenna’s story:
I attended UCLA for grad school in 2009. At this time I was encouraged to get the HPV vaccine because it was the last year I would be eligible, so I agreed. Right after the shot I felt really dizzy and weird, but I thought I just needed some fresh air. I tried to leave the clinic and walk to class, but I only made it halfway through the quad when realized that I wasn’t going to make it. I turned to go back to the clinic, arrived at the elevator, then fainted when the doors open. I fell and smashed my glasses and chipped the bone in my chin. When I woke, the nurse told me I had been seizing heavily for several seconds. Then for the next few weeks, I had mini-seizures almost every day. I’m not sure if they were technically seizures, but I would have moments where I would jerk and twitch for several seconds. A lot of times when I was trying to fall asleep, I would experience an intense sensation of falling, except instead of just happening once, this would occur several times a night and much more violently. For a while I was afraid to sleep because of the experience. Eventually those stopped, but I still suffered from extreme lethargy for at least six months after the vaccination. I had no energy to do anything. I could barely even watch TV. I remember lying on my couch crying numerous times because I was so miserable. I was scared the vaccination had permanently damaged my health. What’s worse, when I tried to ask the doctors and nurses at clinic what could be done my concerns were dismissed. Fortunately it got better over time and now I feel normal again. But considering what I was going through, I conducted a lot of my own research on the subject, and it definitely seems like many people were not so lucky. Intuitively I know that had I gone through with all three shots in the HPV vaccination series, I’m sure I would have had lifelong complications.
Jenna – thank you so much for sharing your story. We are so glad that you have recovered from this vaccine injury. As you mention above, there are so many out there who are not as lucky, including the 114 girls who have already died from this vaccination and never mind the countless others who have experienced similar or worse vaccine injury (like you said, the clinic dismissed your concerns and complaints, so your case was unlikely to even be considered an official vaccine injury with the CDC).
It is my hope that EVERYONE talks to one another about this issue. Regardless of how you decide to proceed with your individual vaccine schedule (or lack thereof, like myself and certainly my future children), it is imperative that you understand that no vaccine comes without great risk, and that in many cases (as with the HPV vaccine), there is little to NO benefit. Please, do your own research – and talking to various MDs or just looking on the CDC website doesn’t count! This day in age it is imperative that you get information from a variety of sources. And for those who have difficulty digesting this information, I know it can be difficult to accept that which has been considered truth for most of your life might not be reality – my advice would be to never stop asking questions and being open to answers that might be unexpected.
As usual, please let me know if you have any questions about anything presented here. The vaccine topic is multi-faceted, and there was way too much information to compile here in a brief blog post; however, I would be happy to address questions from readers about specifics, and will potentially be working on a more research-based post in the future if folks are interested.
Lastly, this is the video I posted on Facebook to which Jenna responded. Please watch and share with those you care about – the HPV vaccine is being marketed to girls and boys, and some states are trying to make this vaccine mandatory.
In health and wellness,