Before getting the vaccine Kathy was a typical teenager - full of beans, but she was never sporty. After she got the first vaccine she felt dizzy and I was called up to school to collect her. I was told that it was normal and because Kathy was a slight build of a girl, they told me to bring her into the health centre for her next 2 doses of vaccine. I regret doing this so much - I never knew anything of the side effects back then.
I'd say Kathy was about 15 before she start complaining of headaches and fatigue. I still knew nothing of the side effects so just put it down to being a teenager and not eating properly and being tired etc.. As time went on Kathy start complaining of pins and needles, blurry vision, chest pains and severe stomach pains. It was only after talking to someone who's niece has all the side effects and is extremely bad with it that it clicked with me that that's what's wrong with Kathy.
She is attending her GP all the time and he's always doing blood tests and her iron level is very low. I tried telling both him and the hospital (where she was sent with hip problems) about her getting the vaccine, and how she hasn't been right since, but they take no notice.
Kathy takes to the bed a good bit but thank God she is not as severe as some of the cases I have heard. She makes the best of things and keeps going I suppose. For ages I was not really believing her when she told me how she was feeling as I didn't know enough about the side effects at the time.
Kathy is 18 now and I would really like to know if she will have these side effects forever. I deeply regret getting her vaccinated and would strongly advice anyone with a teenage girl to stay well clear of getting it. I do think Kathy is one of the lucky ones as she can get up and go to school most days and makes the best of life and loves socialising.