Withdraws HPV Vaccine Gardasil after Two Hospitalizations
(AFP) Spanish health authorities have withdrawn tens of thousands of doses
of a vaccine against cervical cancer after two teenagers who received the shots
were hospitalised, regional authorities said on Tuesday.
batch of nearly 76,000 doses of the human papillomavirus vaccine (HPV) was withdrawn
from market, a government statement said, after two girls in the eastern Valencia
region fell seriously ill hours after receiving them.
of the girls got out of intensive care this weekend and the other is still there.
Both are in stable condition," a Valencia health department spokeswoman told
AFP. The two girls were vaccinated last week as part of a vast government vaccination
programme targeting adolescents.
vaccine prevents the most common types of HPV, a common virus spread through sexual
contact that can cause cervical cancer.
500,000 cases of cervical cancer are discovered each year, according to United
Nations estimates, many in developing countries. If left untreated, invasive cervical
cancer is almost always fatal.
health authorities said in a statement the batch of the Gardasil brand of vaccines
was distributed country-wide, with some earmarked for regional vaccination programs
and the rest sold at pharmacies.
WITHDRAWS MERCK GARDASIL AFTER ILLNESSES
Spain to the United States for a moment. Let's go straight to the source -- the
Gardasil's track record:
adverse reactions, 619 of which are reported as "serious"
CDC whitewashes the statitistics.
you can hear the words of an American Gardasil victim and watch her story at the
share this article with anyone who has a daughter or is of the age Merck and their
pediatricians want to jab.
now back in Spanish pediatrician's arsenals:
MADRID, Feb 16
(Reuters) - The Spanish region of Valencia has resumed cervical cancer vaccinations
using Merck & Co's (MRK.N) Gardasil, a spokeswoman for Valencia's health authority
said on Monday.
of the vaccine was halted last Monday when two girls fell ill after receiving
injections from the same batch of the drug.
batch which the sick girls recieved is still suspended and being investigated,
but injections from other batches of Gardasil resumed today," the spokeswoman
video of an American Gardasil victim. Be sure to scroll down and read
the comments as well.
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