The teenager was one of four classmates at a school in Coventry to have apparently suffered side-effects after receiving a jab as part of a national immunisation programme.
All vaccines are not safe. This illustrates how dangerous they can be.
More than 1 in 10 doses may cause pain, redness and swelling at the injection site, headache, aching muscles and muscle weakness, and tiredness.
More than 1 in 100 doses may cause nausea, vomiting, diarrhoea, abdominal pain, itching, red skin rash, hives, joint pain and high fever.
More than 1 in 1000 doses may cause upper respiratory tract infection, dizziness, a hard lump at the injection site, tingling or numbness.
If the side-effects get serious or you have an affect not mentioned in this leaflet, tell your doctor.
According to a GlaxoSmithKline UK electronic medicines compendium document dated 24 September 2007, subjects in the trial of this product were only monitored for side-effects for 30 days and any occuring after this time were not included in the study.
This vaccine has not been studied to see if it is safe to have during or immediately before pregnancy. It is not known whether the vaccine is excreted in human milk and there have been no studies on its interaction with other drugs (they don't know whether it is safe to have alongside other medicines).
Cervarix is for use against two types of Human Papillomavirus, thought to cause 70% of sexually transmitted cervical cancers. It will NOT protect you against all types of HPV. Duration of 'protection' after vaccination is unknown, but thought to be 5.5 years. So if a 12 year old is vaccinated, it may have worn off by the time she's 17. The need for booster doses has not been studied.
Two types of HPV Virus (16 and 18)
AS04 (aluminium salts and monophosphoryl liquid to make you produce antibodies)
sodium dihydrogen phosphate dihydrate
Virus like particles from the Trichoplusia ni insect (the cabbage looper)
People who should not have Cervarix vaccine:
Those who are allergic to the ingredients of the vaccine (allergic reactions include those listed in the side-effects and swelling of the face, difficulty breathing etc.)
Those with a severe infection or high temperature
Special care should be taken if you have a bleeding disorder or any kind of immunosuppression such as HIV or cancer.
If you are taking other medications, the safety of this vaccine has not been evaluated.
If you are sexually active, the safety of this vaccine is not known in unborn babies. If a girl or young woman gets pregnant during a course of injections, these should be stopped.
The cabbage looper, from which they have taken 'virus like particles' for use in the Cervarix vaccine
Dr. Diane Harper Says Cervarix Is An Experiment As Scottish Ministers Refuse To Allow The Vaccine
Mass vaccination with Cervarix vaccine has been delayed in Scotland.
Dr. Diane Harper, director of the Gynaecological Cancer Research Group at Dartmouth Medical Center in the US, who in fact was paid by GlaxoSmithKline, the manufacturer's of the shot, to conduct safety trials, says there's no proof the vaccine is safe and that safety trials of the Cervarix vaccine should have been conducted for at least four more years before the decision was taken to give the jabs to thousands of girls in schools.
Harper believes the safety tests for side effects should have been conducted for at least a decade and doses given to millions of individuals around the world before any mass vaccination began. She described the cervical cancer vaccination scheme in Scotland as an "experiment".
"We can't tell you it's 100% safe because we don't know that. I think we would have been better waiting.'
Source: News.Scotsman.com, 2nd November 2008.
VAN UK's Comment: In an electronic medicines compendium document that we read, dated 24 September 2007, it stated that safety monitoring for Cervarix was only conducted for 30 days, not months or years. This document has now been updated to 2nd September 2008 and now says that girls were followed for side-effects for the duration of the study, but several thousand of these individuals were not followed for more than 30 days:
'In a pre-defined subset of subjects (Cervarix = 8,130 versus control = 5,786), adverse events were followed for 30 days after each injection.'
http://emc.medicines.org.uk/ and type in Cervarix to find both this document and GlaxoSmithKline's data sheet.
So the killing season has begun
Update Also in the Times