You do not need a medical education to make an informed medical decision.
As you can probably imagine, my Gardasil injury was quite a wake-up call for my family. Growing up, my siblings and I had been fully vaccinated according to the CDC schedule, and we never thought to question any vaccines because we trusted our pediatrician.
When I ended up in the hospital after receiving the third shot of the HPV Vaccine, my family realized how little we really knew about vaccines. My parents started to research HPV vaccine reactions, and it didn't take long for us to find numerous other young women who had gone through the same thing (if not worse) as I had.
Learning about the true risks and dangers of the HPV Vaccine was enraging. I had not received true informed consent when my pediatrician gave me the three shots! It made my parents and I wonder what else we didn't know about the vaccine schedule.
Researching vaccines proved to be complex and at times overwhelming, but after six years of investigation, we have collected many, many sources that have helped my family educate ourselves. After everything we have learned, my family will not be vaccinating any more. This is our personal choice, and we respect others decisions to vaccinate or not. My goal with this Resources page is to help others empower themselves with knowledge so that they can make an informed decision. For a general overview of vaccine safety and information, I would recommend starting with my "Start Here" page. Browse through the "Books" and "Documentaries" pages to find a collection of enlightening novels and films. You will find that my "HPV Vaccine" resources page is full of expert opinions, peer-reviewed studies, and many personal injury stories.
We live in a society that repeatedly tells us to "trust the experts". In 2020, Forbes actually wrote an article titled "You Must Not ‘Do Your Own Research’ When It Comes To Science".
Here's a direct quote from the article:
"It’s absolutely foolish to think that you, a non-expert who lacks the very scientific expertise necessary to evaluate the claims of experts, are going to do a better job than the actual, bona fide experts of separating truth from fiction or fraud."
Can you believe that? I guess that they would much rather have us all sit back and trust the narrative and not ask any questions, right? Interesting that the article failed to mention all of the times that "the experts" have been wrong throughout history...
I am here to tell you that you do not need a medical degree to be able to read vaccine package inserts, research the individual ingredients, or assess the risks vs benefits. Please remember that you do NOT need a medical education in order to make an educated medical decision. Choosing which vaccines you want to receive, if any, is a big decision, and you should be armed with all of the facts as you consider your options. Ask questions, do the work, read the science, and make your decision feeling grounded knowing that you are fully informed and aware of all the risks and benefits... any don't let anyone tell you that you aren't smart enough to do the research yourself!! YOU are the expert on YOUR body.