Moms/Dads how do you feel about the girl that died from the HPV vax in the Uk?

by Rachel on May 2, 2011

Are your daughters getting it? just curious as I always have felt it is safe but…

Fears over cancer vaccine as schoolgirl dies
LONDON, England (CNN) — The death of a 14-year-old girl in England after she received a vaccination for Human Papilloma virus (HPV) has prompted a widespread freeze on the country’s national vaccination program.

Millions of girls have received vaccinations for HPV since 2008, the virus that causes 99 percent of cervical cancers.

More than 1.4 million girls have received the vaccination in England since the National Health Service (NHS) started administering it in September 2008.

Natalie Morton’s sudden death Monday occurred within hours after she received a shot of the vaccine Cervarix at the NHS at her school in Coventry.

Three other girls at the Blue Coat Church of England school suffered mild symptoms of dizziness and nausea after receiving the vaccine, according to media reports.

It remains unclear if the vaccine caused Morton’s death. Only an autopsy will be able to determine the exactly cause of death.

Glaxo Smith Kline, the manufacturer of Cervarix, issued a recall of the batch of vaccine used in Coventry as a “precautionary measure.”

“At this stage the cause of this tragic death is unknown,” the company said in a statement posted on their Web site.

“Following immediate quarantine of the batch involved last night, we have taken the decision to voluntarily recall this batch as a further precautionary measure while the investigation into the circumstances surrounding Natalie’s death is conducted.”

On Tuesday several NHS clinics and schools indefinitely postponed immunizations.
“As a purely precautionary measure, we have asked the NHS to quarantine all stocks of HPV vaccine from the batch related to this case,” a spokesperson for the NHS said.

“Where the local NHS has supplies of vaccine from other production batches, they should continue with the vaccination program.”

Many clinics were forced to close as they checked the numbers on their batches of the vaccine.

What is HPV?

HPV stands for human Papilloma virus. Although there are more than 100 types of HPV, only a few of them are known to cause cervical cancer. Most strains of HPV are harmless or cause genital warts.

HPV is a common sexually-transmitted disease. Almost half of all women who have sex will be infected at one point in their life, according to the British National Health Service.

HPV infects the cells of the surface of the cervix. Infections can clear up on their own or stay for many years without any symptoms and develop into cervical cancer.

Ninety-nine percent of cervical cancers are caused by HPV.

What is the Cervarix HPV vaccine?

The Cervarix HPV vaccine protects against the two strains of HPV (16 and 18) that cause cervical cancer in over 70 percent of women.

The vaccine is typically injected in the upper arm, or thigh, in three doses within six months, and is recommended for teenage girls.

How effective is the Cervarix vaccine?

According to the manufacturer, Glaxo Smith Kline, Cervarix is over 99 percent effective.

Is Cervarix the most common vaccine for HPV?

No. Gardisil, manufactured by Merck is used by the majority of vaccine programs worldwide. Gardisil protects against four strains of HPV (16, 18, 6 and 11). Strains 6 and 11 cause less serious conditions, such as genital warts.

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ventage_point May 2, 2011 at 11:52 pm

She’s not the only one there are LOTS more. My daughter will NOT be getting this shot

pdooma May 3, 2011 at 12:02 am

It’s still untested.

While I support a vaccine for HPV, it’s still unknown how long these particular vaccines last before women need a booster and many side effects are still unknown. It should be a voluntary vaccine instead of mandatory as has been proposed for these very reasons.

And in general, kids need to know how to use a condom. It will help keep the spread of many of these diseases down. Also, regular STD screenings will help prevent the spread of disease – if you don’t know what you’ve got, how can you prevent spreading it?

Eva D May 3, 2011 at 12:57 am

Well all the evidence is not in yet , and with other girls feeling sick at the same school where the vaccine was given out it seems to be a bad batch or someone tampered with it. It’s just to soon to make a judgment right now. Went for the autopsy.

midnightmoon May 3, 2011 at 1:33 am

EVERYTHING in medicine has killed people, including the tylonal and advil that most people pop like candy, including the most widely given antibiotics, including every med you have ever taken. I go with the statistics. Even though some people have had bad reactions, and some have even died… those people account for less than like 1% of the total number of people that have gotten the shot.

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