By Ann Casey, Meath Chronicle
The parents of a young Kells girl who has developed serious health problems since she received the cervical cancer vaccine last September have set up a support group to raise awareness of the problems that can arise.
Martin and Lorraine Colohan have set up Reactions and Effects of Gardasil Resulting in Extreme Trauma (REGRET) and following their first meeting 25 families across the country, whose daughters had been affected, had joined the support group.
These parents are convinced the HPV vaccine (Gardasil) is the cause of their daughters’ otherwise unexplained illnesses.
Martin Colohan explains that their daughter, Abbey, was fit and healthy when she started secondary school last September.
“She was in school three weeks when she got the HPV vacine and went down like a sack of potatoes,” he said.
Mr Colohan said his daughter had a seizure after the vaccine and had had regular seizures since then. He said:
Many girls have had this vaccine and have had no problems, but we have been in contact with people whose daughters cannot attend school regularly, due to the debilitating health conditions they still suffer from. The primary goal of the parents in the group is to get help for their daughters. It is also important to raise awareness of the safety issues surrounding the HPV vaccine so that other parents can be in a position to make a truly informed decision on this issue.