Wednesday, July 9, 2008

Trouble With The HPV Vaccine - Do You Really Want To Be "One Less"

I’m sure most, if not all of you, have heard something about this from somewhere. It’s been all over the news in recent weeks.

Apparently there have been over 8,000 adverse reactions to the vaccine, including Guillain-Barre Syndrome, which is an autoimmune disease.

Here is a recent article about adverse reactions to the vaccine from CNN.

You can also find information about adverse reactions to Gardasil from a report by the National Vaccine Information Center here.

Or you can Google HPV vaccine or adverse reactions to HPV vaccine, or some similar combination of terms, and find plenty of information.

To my knowledge, the first adverse reaction the news reported was that some people getting the vaccine nearly fainted and that many said the vaccine was rather painful.

Well, when I got my first HPV shot in October, I had an adverse reaction. A few minutes after I received the injection, I got dizzy and my legs went numb. I had never had a reaction like that to a shot before. Luckily for me, after about a half hour of lying on an exam table, I did feel a little better and was able to leave the facility where I received the shot.

Prior to this, since I was having other health issues, I confirmed with the two doctors I was seeing at the time that it would be okay for me to get the vaccine. I also confirmed this with all of my doctors before receiving the other two, which I had no reaction to.

And as for the pain, in my mind, it was the most painful of any vaccine I’ve ever had, including those protecting against tetanus and meningitis.

I know that some of the reactions have come from girls and women who were younger or older than the recommended age range. However, I’m sure there have been fair amounts from people who fell into the age range and thought that they were doing themselves good by getting the vaccine.

So I guess the question is, do you want to be “one less” person to get the vaccine?


  1. I also got the HPV vaccine. I had the first shot over a year ago, and only recently got around to the second one (of three). You're right that it's the most painful vaccine I've ever had! Luckily I didn't have many side effects other than a very sore arm/shoulder. And the second shot wasn't nearly as bad as the first.

  2. Leslie I hope you don't mind that I am adding you to my blogroll. If you would rather that I didn't add you, let me know.

  3. Leslie, what would you think of reposting your request for submissions, or even better, putting it in your right hand column so it stays there? You would get a lot more responses. I was 15 when I got sick, and had to raise 2 girls while sick with lupus, with a husband who never touched the kids once or said more then 4 words at a time to them and never washed a dish or got me a drink of water even when I had surgery or was seriously ill...but we survived and they are great kids. I don't think I could write 5 pages on the subject, though.
    Best of luck with that. I used to be a professional writer/editor, I do know you need to get a permission form from each person saying they know they will not get paid for their submission. In return,the writer would want the right to see your final edit of her story before its published. Keep in touch.

  4. Hi Sheila,
    It's fine that you added me to your blog roll. Also, the call has been in the right column since I posted the submissions. It is right under my about me stuff.

  5. Gosh--I hate painfog/fibrofog. I should have seen that. I just posted an article on my blog about how constant pain affects the brain, and this mistake is just 1 example. Well, great minds think alike, to consider putting the call for submissions in the right column. I've been thinking of you for hours last night and today, wondering how you deal with your life, wondering how sick you are, how much help you have, etc. I guess I should read more of your blog to find the answers. You're just a bit younger than my daughter who has fibro and may get lupus because its in 12 generations of our family. She has 2 boys and wants 4 moore kids. With a husband that won't help, and a body that might get sicker, I don't think its a good idea. I ended up having only 2 because God saw I would be raising them alone and would be getting sicker.
    Bless you!