Many doctors call the vaccine "life-saving," but one Houston family says the HPV vaccine "Gardisil" made their children have seizures.
(NBC) - Many doctors call the vaccine "life-saving," but one Houston family says the HPV vaccine "Gardisil" made their children have seizures.
In 2009, Theresa Tomoser took the advice of her pediatrician and got her then 14-year-old daughter vaccinated against HPV.
Chad was 17. Around three months after their first shots, both children started having violent seizures, which the FDA explains as jerking movements and seizure-like activity in the safety information for Gardisil.
But none of Chad or Danielle's doctors would link the seizures to Gardisil.
Dr. Veronica Schimp is a gynecological oncologist, and a big proponent of Gardisil.
Right now Merck, the maker of Gardisil, is researching an even more powerful HPV vaccine, the experimental V503, to protect against nine types of HPV.
Dr. Diane Harper, a clinical research physician at the University of Louisville helped Merck run clinical trials for Gardisil. She has concerns about the Next Generation V503.
But Dr. Schimp says current vaccines do not protect against about 28 percent of the other cancer-causing types of HPV.
That was the reason Teresa vaccinated her children in the first place.
One way to prevent not just cervical cancers is yearly pap smears and other exams.
Harper stresses these are important for all women, including those that have had the vaccine.