Leukemia & lymphoma Ceravix deaths Cervarix Death
Cervical cancer jab cost our girl her life
A CERVICAL cancer jab given to every 12-year-old girl in Britain has been linked to four deaths.
By CAROLINE WHEELER
Jun 7, 2015 http://www.express.co.uk
Rebecca died a year after having the jab
Rebecca Kerr, who died of a rare form of leukaemia in January 2011, is one of the teenagers whose parents believe she died as a result of the HPV vaccine.
It prevents infection by the sexually transmitted human papilloma virus which is behind the majority of cervical cancer cases.
Last night her father David, 53, a gas engineer from Essex, said his daughter became unwell within weeks of receiving the second dose of the vaccine just before her 13th birthday.
The teenager, who was studying for her GCSEs at Francis Bardsley School for Girls in Romford, died of lymphoblastic lymphoma a year later.
Mr Kerr said: “It was rare that she ever got poorly and yet she got ill so quickly after having the vaccine. There is no doubt in our minds that there is a link, although the doctors maintain they do not know why children get leukaemia.”
Official figures released under the Freedom of Information Act show the deaths have been associated with the HPV vaccination programme over the past decade, including that of a premature baby.
One report related to an existing tumour, one to a concurrent bacterial infection, one was death of a premature baby and one has a fatal outcome due to leukaemia
Another girl died of a tumour, while the other two suspected victims died from leukaemia and blood poisoning. These figures were released by the Government’s Medicines and Healthcare Products and Regulatory Agency.
The fatalities were among more than 8,000 reports of possible side-effects of the Cervarix vaccine, which was introduced as part of the routine immunisation programme in 2008.
Jackie Fletcher, founder of Jabs, a support group for parents who believe their children have been damaged by vaccines, last night called for the immunisation programme to be suspended.
The medicines agency claims that while a drug reaction report is recorded it is “not necessarily proof that a reported symptom/ event was a true side effect caused by the vaccine.”
Of the four deaths, it said there was no indication that the vaccine was the cause.
“One report related to an existing tumour, one to a concurrent bacterial infection, one was death of a premature baby and one has a fatal outcome due to leukaemia.”
Separate figures released last week revealed thousands of teenage girls have suffered serious illness after being vaccinated, but the agency urged parents not to worry, saying the benefits far outweigh any known risks. GSK, which provided the vaccine until 2012, said analysis was “not suggestive” of an increased risk.
Current provider Sanofi Pasteur said the vaccine was subject to strict testing.