Two years ago, Sherrel Halliday was just like any other mother. She wanted to do everything in her power to protect her daughters, including keeping them safe from the risk of cervical cancer. At the time, Scotland offered the HPV vaccine Cervarix for girls her oldest daughter’s age. After reading the package insert and checking out the website provided by the national health authorities, Sherrel decided to have her daughter vaccinated.
It wasn’t long before she regretted that decision. Her daughter began to experience joint pain, sensitivity to light, blurred vision, headaches and difficulty walking. Soon the symptoms progressed to the point where she was bedridden and could not feed or dress herself. Sherrel had to spend the next year trying to drag her daughter back to somewhere near her normal self.
Please take a few minutes to read Sherrel’s story, Jab Turned My Girl into a Woman of 90, by Helen Bushnell. This article comes from a recent edition of Highland News. As you can clearly see, Sherrel and Deborah have gone through two years of agony with little assistance from the traditional medical community.
To add insult to injury, the Scottish government is changing their HPV vaccine of preference from Cervarix to Gardasil – without doing much to inform medical consumers. You can understand, now why Sherrel has made it her mission to inform the world of the potential risks of HPV vaccines. It is quite simple – she wants to make sure no other family has to experience what her family has without advance warning that the potential at least exists. Sherrel has been transformed into a warrior fighting for fully informed consent.