By Clodagh Sheehy
A MOTHER whose 13-year-old daughter got sick within hours of receiving the HPV vaccination against cervical cancer, has accused the HSE of “disgraceful dishonesty”.
Elaine Sammon, of Calverstown, Kilcullen, Co Kildare, says she is now “deeply distrustful” of the authority whose “lack of transparency and honesty has left me feeling very angry”.
Elaine’s daughter was given the vaccine last month and within an hour she rang home telling her mother she felt “dizzy, nauseous, had a pounding headache and that her legs weren’t working properly.
“I got a terrible fright as I was unprepared for any such reactions,” says Elaine.
The concerned mother later found out that her daughter and “about 25pc” of the others who got the vaccine were sent home from school.
“I asked whether I should bring her to the doctor but was told by a nurse not to worry that this reaction was standard.
“My daughter went to bed and recovered though did complain of aches over the following days. However a friend’s headache continued for three days and a rash developed which spread from her legs up over her torso.”
[Note from SaneVax: Twenty-five percent of the students had to be sent home after vaccination with Gardasil. When will events like this start to raise a ‘red flag’ with health authorities? One can only hope it will be soon.]