Cervical cancer vaccine dangers

child-vaccine-condition-300x200Vaccination is a sensitive issue and debate around the safety and effectiveness of vaccines draw on emotional subjects of children’s health and cancer. The debate over the safety and effectiveness of vaccinations has recently come into the spotlight again with serious questions over the safety of the vaccination to prevent cervical cancer.

The lead researcher in the vaccine to prevent the human papilloma virus linked with cervical cancer, Dr Dianne Harper has publically commented on the side effects and put into question the rationale of the vaccine. At the same time Japan has withdrawn its recommendation for the vaccine due to several hundred adverse reactions. The effectiveness of the vaccine in preventing the sexually transmitted human papilloma virus is not in question after studies are showing dramatic reduction in the virus after mass immunization in the United States. The controversy lies in the reported side effects and potential deaths linked to the vaccine.

Reported side effects of the vaccine include convulsions, paraesthesia, paralysis, Guillain-Barre syndrome (GBS), transverse myelitis, facial palsy, chronic fatigue syndrome, anaphylaxis, autoimmune disorders, deep vein thrombosis, and pulmonary embolisms. To date worldwide, there have been 44 deaths linked to the vaccine. For healthy 9 year old girls these are serious side effects to consider before routinely having the vaccination.

Dr Harper questioned the need for the vaccine when; “About eight in every ten women who have been sexually active will have H.P.V. at some stage of their life. Normally there are no symptoms, and in 98 per cent of cases it clears itself. But in those cases where it doesn’t, and isn’t treated, it can lead to pre-cancerous cells which may develop into cervical cancer.”

In Japan an association of cervical cancer vaccination victim’s parents has been established to bring to the attention of authorities the potential dangers. The group is calling for the vaccinations to be halted. The authorities have listened to their concerns and have withdrawn the health ministry’s recommendation. “It is necessary to gather information immediately to accurately grasp how often (the side effects) are occurring,” said Mariko Momoi, who chairs the panel at the Health, Labor and Welfare Ministry that decided to suspend the recommendation. Momoi is vice president of the International University of Health and Welfare.

Families should conduct as much research as possible before committing to any vaccination to be aware of the positives and negative implications which are often ignored.

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