By San Diego News 10
Tammie Dennis Says Her Grandson, 11, Got HPV Vaccine Without Parental Approval
NATIONAL CITY, Calif. — A San Diego grandmother told 10News on Tuesday that she is outraged after she says her 11-year-old grandson was given a vaccine for human papillomavirus — or HPV — without parental approval.
According to California law, children 12 and older can ask their pediatricians for the shots that prevent cancer-causing sexually transmitted diseases without getting their parents’ approval.
Tammie Dennis said she took her grandson to his pediatrician in National City to get the vaccinations he needed to begin middle school.
“The exam went OK,” Dennis told 10News reporter Allison Ash. “They gave him the immunizations and when we were leaving, the nurse gave me a card for follow-up.”
Dennis said that is when “the bells went off.”
As Dennis began questioning the nurse, she said Dr. Sandra Perez walked up and said, “Don’t make a big deal out of it.” Dennis said Perez told her the shot is part of the normal vaccinations given to all kids.
“And I asked her, ‘Do you give this to children without their parents knowing, them not getting any information about what the effects are and why they’re getting it?'” said Dennis.
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Wendy Blanton says
I just read and watched this story. I want to share with you my experience. I took my daughter to her doctor back in February of this year for a simple check up because she was sick a couple weeks prior. When we went back to the room to see her doctor he was not even concerned about the illness she had and if she was feeling any better. In fact she was still under the weather a little. He got her medical chart and said she needs her chicken pox vaccine. I said she had already got a chicken pox vaccine when she was two. He said she needed a booster. Then he said she will be getting four shots today. I said “Four shots, of what.” He said she will be getting Chicken Pox, Hepititas A, Menningitis, and Gardasil. I had already known a little about gardasil at the time and strictly told him NO. He than began to argue with me that it was very nesasary for her to get. I continued to argue that my daughter will NOT be getting the gardasil shot. He finally put his hands up and said OK, OK. Then the nurse came in with four needles in her hand. I asked her what are those shots? She said Chicken pox, hepititas A, Menningitis, and gardasil. I said, hey wait a minute I just argued with her doctor that she will not be getting the gardasil . The nurse looked at her chart and with a firm voice told me “Well he wrote it down and I am giving it to her.” I almost lost my mind at this point and stood up and told her over my dead body. I had to actually argue with the nurse that my daughter was not going to get the shot. My daughter and I then realized that they were definitly trying to sneak the gardasil to her and it didnt matter what we said. I then reported my daughters doctor to our insurance company and changed doctors.. Misteriously my daughter lost her insurance after that , but she now had health insurance again. My daughter also has asthma and is allergic to penicillins and cepholasproins. I believe after learning a lot about vaccines that she had this because of vaccines. NO one in her fathers side or my side of the family had asthma. Anyway, feel free to contact me if you have any questions about our experience with gardasil and the trouble we went through just to deny the vaccine.
Wendy – Your story is all too familiar. Thank you for sharing it with our readers – I am sure it will help many parents to know they are not alone. I hope it also makes them aware they must be vigilant if they wish to protect their right, and responsibility, to decide what is right for their children.
Leslie Carol Botha says
Hello, Wendy – I agree with Norma that your story is all too familiar and it is wrong. If you would like Sane Vax to help you publicize your story – we please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org. I think the world needs to know this heinous action is taking place in disregard of informed parental consent. I am so glad you reported the doctors to the insurance company – even at the loss of your daughter’s policy. It smacks of collusion. Are you in California?