By Wendi Lewis
A New Zealand mother, upset about a lack of notice her child’s school provided to parents about upcoming Gardasil vaccinations, has launched a website to warn parents about the dangers associated with the vaccine. Promoted as a prevention for cervical cancer by protecting against four types of the human papillomavirus (HPV), Gardasil is being recommended for girls and young women beginning at age 9. However, the vaccination has been linked to serious adverse effects, and more than 80 young women have died following Gardasil vaccinations.
Julie Smith was alarmed when her daughter brought home a flyer from her school, notifying parents that all girls in grade 8 would be addressed by the public health nurse about the vaccine. Smith was concerned that important information about the sexually transmitted HPV was being presented to 12-year-old girls, instead of their parents.