[SaneVax: Shortly after her third injection of Gardasil, Kaitlyn had to give up dancing and sports. She informed the vaccine administrator she was allergic to metals prior to vaccination, but was not told Gardasil contained aluminum and was injected anyway. Is she a victim of post-gardasil syndrome? Why did the person administering the vaccine not know it contained aluminum, a metal Kaitlyn had a long-standing allergy to? Where was Kaitlyn's informed consent? Investigations need to be conducted.]
Vaccine a sore spot for Whitby teen
By Kristin Calis
WHITBY — A Whitby teen is starting to get her life back after more than a year of enduring constant pain and suffering, and being afraid and in the dark as to what was happening to her body.
Before she received the Gardasil vaccine, Kaitlyn Armstrong was a happy, active girl who spent most of her spare time dancing, playing rep soccer and running track-and-field and cross-country.
But things started going downhill in the fall of 2010 after she received the first in a series of three shots offered free to girls in Grade 8 across Ontario. The vaccine protects young women from human papillomavirus, the main cause of cervical cancer.
Kaitlyn didn’t know at the time that her suffering would later be linked to the vaccine.
“I was taking Tylenol and Advil every day,” says Kaitlyn, who experienced everything from sharp pains to dull aches, and adds her pain was always a 9.5 on a scale of one to 10.
Kaitlyn’s mother, Yvonne Armstrong, has been sharing her daughter’s story at various school boards. Although stopping the vaccine is a pipe dream, she feels more information on possible severe side effects should be shared with parents and students.