By Barbora Koci, Novy Jicin, Czech Republic
My grandma had cervical cancer when she was 50. She is 83 years old now. This was the main reason why I decided to have this vaccine called Cervarix. I believed it would protect me from this unpleasant disease.
I paid for it privately. I was 16 at the time of the first inoculation. I had all three shots. A month later I became very ill. It seemed that my immune system was giving up. It all started as flu like symptoms.
Three days later I developed high fever of about 41-42 C (over 105F). Well, this is what the thermometer showed. I was losing consciousness at times. I was transported to hospital by my friends.
I spent 14 days in that hospital. They found absolutely nothing wrong with me apart from high fever. Two weeks after my discharge from hospital I fell ill again. I am being constantly ill since.
It takes much longer to recover from illnesses since the vaccination. I started having problems with my bladder and suffered from recurrent infections. I believe the doctors did not treat my condition properly and my kidneys became infected too.
I ended up in hospital again aged 19 and antibiotics did not work. They started me on a drip with very strong antibiotics and this time the treatment worked even though I was suffering a lot.
Two weeks after admitting me into hospital the doctors informed me that my left kidney had been damaged and its function decreased significantly. I have regular check-ups every six months to check on the function of my kidneys.
My immune system has been compromised and I get ill more frequently than before. When I get ill it takes a lot longer to recover. I also suffer from strong backaches due to the problems with my kidneys.
It has been six years since I had the HPV vaccine and I wonder whether it will ever protect me from what it was meant to.