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VAERS ID: 272895 (history)  
Form: Version 1.0  
Age: 23.0  
Gender: Female  
Location: Maryland  
   Days after vaccination:0
Submitted: 2007-02-22
   Days after onset:2
Entered: 2007-02-22
Vaccin­ation / Manu­facturer Lot / Dose Site / Route
HPV4: HPV (GARDASIL) / MERCK & CO. INC. 02634 / 2 RA / IM

Administered by: Private       Purchased by: Unknown
Symptoms: Arrhythmia, Blood pressure, Computerised tomogram, Dyspnoea, Dysstasia, Electrocardiogram, Fall, Feeling hot, Fluid replacement, Heart rate, Hyperhidrosis, Hyperventilation, Injury, Loss of consciousness, Nausea, Paraesthesia
SMQs:, Torsade de pointes/QT prolongation (broad), Anaphylactic reaction (broad), Acute pancreatitis (broad), Asthma/bronchospasm (broad), Peripheral neuropathy (broad), Hyperglycaemia/new onset diabetes mellitus (broad), Neuroleptic malignant syndrome (broad), Anticholinergic syndrome (broad), Arrhythmia related investigations, signs and symptoms (broad), Acute central respiratory depression (broad), Pulmonary hypertension (broad), Guillain-Barre syndrome (broad), Noninfectious encephalitis (broad), Noninfectious encephalopathy/delirium (broad), Noninfectious meningitis (broad), Accidents and injuries (narrow), Gastrointestinal nonspecific symptoms and therapeutic procedures (narrow), Hostility/aggression (broad), Cardiomyopathy (broad), Eosinophilic pneumonia (broad), Cardiac arrhythmia terms, nonspecific (narrow), Hypotonic-hyporesponsive episode (broad), Generalised convulsive seizures following immunisation (broad), Hypoglycaemia (broad), Dehydration (narrow)

Life Threatening? No
Birth Defect? No
Died? No
Permanent Disability? No
Recovered? Yes
Office Visit? No
ER Visit? Yes
ER or Doctor Visit? No
Hospitalized? No
Previous Vaccinations:
Other Medications: I take Ortho Try Cyclen Lo, daily and a multi-vitamin
Current Illness: None
Preexisting Conditions: None
Diagnostic Lab Data: CAT Scan, EKG, blood pressure, heart rate
CDC Split Type:

Write-up: I received the vaccination at approximately 8:20 AM and felt nothing (my arm slightly ached where the vaccine had been injected, but I felt nothing out of the ordinary post-injection). I walked over to the check-in counter to schedule my third a final injection in the series and put on my jacket. I remember the nurse saying 8:00 AM on Wednesday, June 20 and then the next thing I remember is being surrounded by people on the floor of the office. I blacked out while standing up and hit the left side of my body (mainly my lower jaw, neck, and clavicle) and when my body hit the floor the center, back of my head slammed to the floor. No one actually saw what parts of my body hit where during the fall because the nurse was behind the counter sitting at the computer (below eyesight of my fall) and patients in the waiting room were seated behind a wall. Based on where I remember standing before blacking out and where my body hurt after waking up, I think I am pretty certain I know what was hit. After waking up the doctor and several nurses helped me sit up and recommended calling an ambulance to have my head checked out. At first I declined because I did not think I had any serious problems, but after I tried standing and could not, I agreed to the ambulance. My face was tingly, I had trouble breathing (when I first woke up I was hyperventilating), I was sweating, and my legs were not stable. The EMT arrived and took my blood pressure and decided I should go to the emergency room for a check-up. When we arrived at the ER my head and lower jaw were throbbing from the fall. The ER staff gave me an IV for hydration and ran the typical tests (blood pressure, heart rate, etc.), an EKG, and later received a CAT scan. After returning from the CAT Scan I was still a bit shaken but was breathing normal. My left arm ached from the injection (my right arm ached after the first injection in series, so I ignored that aches). After being in the hospital for at least two hours I suddenly blacked out again. My sister was sitting with me and said my face turned a green/yellow shade. I remember feeling nauseas and becoming very hot and it was very hard to breath. My sister called the nurse who came and hooked me up to the heart monitors and also started another IV. Awhile later the nurse came back and said I had probably had an arrhythmia, but they were not sure. I stayed in the ER for the remainder of the day and nothing else happened. I was later discharged and told I had had an arrhythmia (I was never told what may have happened in the morning, but it too was most likely an arrthmia). I told everyone after arriving at the ER I had received my second injection in the Gardasil series that morning and had eaten a small breakfast (I assumed I would eat a larger one when I arrived at work). The staff said they were not certain of side effects of Gardasil as it was so new, but they were very certain the blacking out happening on the same day as the vaccination was just coincidence. My mother was reading about Gardasil and came across the following: "Deaths — Across the clinical studies, 17 deaths were reported in 21,464 male and female subjects. The events reported were consistent with events expected in healthy adolescent and adult populations…In addition, there were 2 cases of sepsis, 1 case of pancreatic cancer, and 1 case of arrhythmia in the group that received GARDASIL, and 1 case of asphyxia in the placebo group." This particular page is what prompted me to write to VAERS. Arrthmia is a documented "serious" side effect of Gardasil and the office staff at my OB/GYN and at the Hospital ER were not aware my condition was connected to the injection.

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