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“Scariest thing in my entire life!” Mother says her daughter rushed to the ER after receiving HPV vaccine

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WAUKESHA (WITI) -- New questions about the HPV vaccine -- after a Waukesha family claims the shot may have killed their 12-year-old girl. Many medical professional say the vaccine is safe -- but another family is sharing their story. They say their daughter was rushed to the emergency room after receiving the HPV vaccination.

12-year-old Meredith Prohaska's funeral is set for Saturday, August 9th. If it is determined that the HPV vaccine led to her death, it will be considered a very rare occurrence.

So what are the odds another local girl had a similar reaction after getting the shot?

"Scariest thing in my entire life. Scariest thing in my entire life!" Jill Swanson said.

It was July 23rd. Swanson's 17-year-old daughter got two vaccinations on July 22nd -- one for meningitis, and the other for HPV.

Swanson's daughter received the "Gardasil" HPV vaccine. Swanson says she soon realized something was very wrong.

"I follow her into the living room and she can barely walk," Swanson says of her daughter.

Swanson realized she needed to call the doctor -- and fast.

"As I'm talking to the nurse, my daughter goes 'I'm having trouble breathing and my chest hurts,'" Swanson said.

Swanson says she took her daughter to urgent care. When the girl arrived, doctors called 911.

Greenfield paramedics rushed the 17-year-old girl to the emergency room.

"He kept saying to her 'you have to stay with us.' She was completely out of it. They transported her to Children's (Hospital) right away," Swanson said.

She was hospitalized for hours -- and numerous tests were performed. Eventually, the girl was released from the hospital -- and she is okay.

One week later, 12-year-old Meredith Prohaska received the HPV vaccine. Her mother says within a few hours of receiving the vaccine, Meredith was on the floor -- unresponsive. She died later that day.

"If I could do anything for one more hug, one more 'I love you,' it would mean the world," Rebecca Prohaska said.

In Meredith's case, police say an autopsy was inconclusive as to how the girl died. Further tests are being done.

In the case of the 17-year-old girl, her mother says a swollen arm can be telling.

"The doctor feels it was from the shot -- a combination of shots. The shot that was in that arm -- was definitely Gardasil. Do the risks outweigh the disease? I don't know," Swanson said.

The Centers for Disease Control says it did a study in 2011 on specific adverse reactions -- following more than 600,000 doses of Gardasil -- and that included potential life-threatening allergic reactions, compared with adolescents who received other vaccines.

The CDC says none of the adverse reactions were found to be any more common after a person receives an HPV vaccination, versus the comparison groups.

CLICK HERE to learn more about the HPV vaccine via the CDC's website.

CLICK HERE to access FAQs about the HPV vaccine via the CDC's website -- including information about side effects.

The U.S. Food & Drug Administration has approved two vaccines for HPV -- Gardasil and Cervarix.

CLICK HERE to learn more about Gardasil and its side effects.

CLICK HERE to learn more about Cervarix and its side effects.

CLICK HERE to learn more about HPV and Gardasil via the FDA's website.

CLICK HERE to learn more about Gardasil's safety, via the FDA's website.

CLICK HERE to learn more about Human papillomavirus (HPV) via the CDC's website.

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  • Raven Arlowe

    Such a tragedy and it didn’t even have to happen. The mothers of both girls need to check the lot number for the HPV vaccine their daughters received, it might be a hot lot.

  • Lisa

    How many reactions are never reported. After 2 hospitals, countless doctors, 24 days in the hospital with a diagnosis of post-infectious myositis due to the flu vaccine, I filed my own VAERS report. (a vaccine adverse event tracking system) Legally doctors are required to report vaccine reactions but many do not know about the system or simply ignore their legal obligation.

    • KMB

      The real reason was it was not caused by the vaccine and the doctors chose not to file a report based on the unsubstantiated ranting of a patient with a Google Fu education. They are far better educated than you and have no legal obligation to file a false report.

  • Wendy Stec

    Making the decision to allow this vaccine for my daughter in 2009 was the biggest mistake of my life. My daughter has suffered from chronic headaches, dizziness, nausea, leg pains, blurred vision, abdominal pains, female problems, and numerous other unexplained health problems that all began shortly after her third shot. For the first several months after the last shot, she would complain of severe head pain, nausea, and dizziness. She was also extremely fatigued and had a low grade fever. The leg and abdominal pains were also a regular problem for her after the Gardasil vaccine. She was a professional patient for over a year and saw many specialists who ran tests but could not identify a problem that was causing all of these symptoms. It was an exhausting and heart breaking year watching her suffer. After a discussion with another parent whose daughter was suffering with the same symptoms, I requested my daughter’s medical records and office visit notes. I realized that all of the symptoms began after the Gardasil vaccine, so I decided to do an internet search for adverse reactions. The information I discovered was shocking. There were thousands of girls reporting the same symptoms, and even worse, there were many reported deaths and severe neurological injuries. I’ve spent the past five years researching immune system health and trying to help my daughter’s system recover. It’s been an uphill battle and she has never fully recovered. If the medical professionals cannot tell us why some girls are having these reactions, then I believe they should take it off the market. Research HPV and decide if this vaccine is worth the potential health problems, or the death of your loved one. Just know ALL the facts, know ALL the possible side effects, and make an EDUCATED choice. I will live with the guilt and regret as long as I watch my daughter suffer, and it all could have been avoided if I had just read more, and asked more questions. I’m deeply saddened to hear of another death because of this vaccine and I will never stop being a voice for those who’s lives have been taken.

    • Tanya


  • gardasilinjured

    I saw the “One Less” commercials and was so happy they had created a vaccine against HPV. I knew I would vaccinate my only daughter as soon as she was old enough. At 14 we started the series. After the first vaccine she developed a blistering rash. After the second vaccine she developed hives that lasted for 4 months. I questioned the doctors about the Gardasil shot both times. “stay off the internet” I remember one NP telling me. The immunologist said he felt the blistering rash and hives were not caused by the Gardasil shot and basically said he did not know why she was having hives but prescribed the typical medications for urticaria. He encouraged me to vaccinate her with the third shot. And I blindly listened to him. I believed every word he said. I did not look at anything on the internet. I did not research anything about the vaccine. I vaccinated her with the third shot and within 2 weeks she could not sleep because she was so covered in hives. by 3 weeks she developed wheals on both thighs that were painful. by 4 weeks she had deep wheals on the palms of her hands and bottom of her feet. She began to limp and complain o joint pain in her knees fingers and toes. She began to have waves of nausea and vomiting. She had a persistent headache. She was fatigued. She was so sick. I brought her to Boston Children’s Hospital. The Immunologist said to me “Lets just say, by some small chance this was caused by the vaccine. How will that change her plan of care?” I was just so taken back. Shocked really. I wish for any parent reading this to understand that they have no right to informed consent with vaccines. Doctors will defend this vaccine and protect their own practice. The CDC handout skims in a skillful way over what could happen to your child. I hear it over and over “I didn’t understand the possible side effects” That is by design. If you knew, no one would get the vaccine. You have no right to sue your child’s doctor if he recommends you give your child a vaccine knowing that she may have possibly been reacting to the previous shot in the series. You can not sue the doctor, you cannot sue the pharmaceutical company, you’re only choice for justice is to petition the vaccine compensation program and basically go to court with the government because they are backing this vaccine. It is a nightmare. My child has been suffering for the last 2 years because of Gardasil. If you research Diane Harper you will see that the vaccine is not even necessary. My daughter is not sexually active. She has so far received no benefit from Gardasil. Only misery.

  • Teresa

    Thank you Wendy Stec. My daughter also is still suffering from this horrible vaccine. She can no longer walk has pain all over along with seizure extreme exhaustion fatigue and all kinds of other issues including Lyme disease and hoshimotoes. It’s been over 2 years! It has robbed her of driving and her senior year and being able to attend college. My daughter so got menatra and varivax with her first HPV shot. Biggest mistake of my life! To see your child suffer and to go to numerous doctors for them to say there is nothing wrong is criminal to me!!

  • steve479

    “The CDC says none of the adverse reactions were found to be any more common after a person receives an HPV vaccination, versus the comparison groups”.

    What they don’t tell you is the ‘comparison group’ had a placebo which wasn’t just saline solution but the “carrier solution.” of the vaccine. What that means is that all the “saline placebos” were filled with these chemicals:
    9.56 mg of sodium chloride, 0.78 mg of L-histidine, 50 mcg of polysorbate 80, 35 mcg of sodium borate. If its the ‘carrier solution’ that causes the systemic adverse events in both the ‘vaccinated’ group and the ‘placebo’ group no wonder ‘none of the adverse reactions were found to be more common’. But there were serious adverse reactions reported in both groups.

    What a cover up!

    • Achsel

      Steve479, actually the article admits there is no real placebo group, they were “compared with adolescents who received other vaccines”. The typical big pharma cover-up!

  • steve479

    Serious adverse events from HPV vaccine are considerably more than all other vaccines. Do research and make an informed choice.
    From the FDA:
    6.2 Postmarketing Experience
    THE FOLLOWING ADVERSE EVENTS HAVE BEEN SPONTANEOUSLY REPORTED DURING POST-APPROVAL USE OF GARDASIL. Because these events were reported voluntarily from a population of uncertain size, it is not possible to reliably estimate their frequency or to establish a causal relationship to vaccine exposure.
    Blood and lymphatic system disorders: Autoimmune hemolytic anemia, idiopathic thrombocytopenic purpura, lymphadenopathy. Respiratory, thoracic and mediastinal disorders: Pulmonary embolus. Gastrointestinal disorders: Nausea, pancreatitis, vomiting. General disorders and administration site conditions: Asthenia, chills, DEATH, fatigue, malaise. Immune system disorders: Autoimmune diseases, hypersensitivity reactions including anaphylactic/anaphylactoid reactions, bronchospasm, and urticaria. Musculoskeletal and connective tissue disorders: Arthralgia, myalgia. Nervous system disorders: Acute disseminated encephalomyelitis, dizziness, Guillain-Barré syndrome, headache, motor neuron disease, paralysis, seizures, syncope (including syncope associated with tonic-clonic movements and other seizure-like activity) sometimes resulting in falling with injury, transverse myelitis. Infections and infestations: cellulitis. Vascular disorders: Deep venous thrombosis.

  • KD

    Vaccines have taken the life’s of so many children. There are hundreds of stories just like this one. Unbelievable that this is allowed to happen. Vaccine makers need to go to jail for the crimes they are committing.

  • Tama Morgan

    One month after my daughter received the HPV vaccine she had her first seizure. One year and several seizures later she has been diagnosed with epilepsy. Please do your research! Trust your mother’s instinct! I didn’t and I regret every day!

  • Dawn Papple

    “The CDC says none of the adverse reactions were found to be any more common after a person receives an HPV vaccination, versus the comparison groups.”
    What was the comparison group? Was it a saline injection or another vaccine?

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