Spain Withdraws HPV Vaccine Gardasil after Two
February 10, 2009
Updated February 18
MADRID (AFP) – Spanish health authorities have withdrawn tens of thousands of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.
A 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withdrawn from market, a government statement said, after two girls in the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.
"One 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.
The vaccine prevents the most common types of HPV, a common virus spread through
sexual contact that can cause cervical cancer.
Some 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.
Spanish 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.
SPAIN WITHDRAWS MERCK GARDASIL AFTER ILLNESSES
Compare Spain to the United States for a moment. Let's go straight to the source
-- the CDC.
Here's Gardasil's track record:
- 10,326 adverse reactions, 619 of which are reported as "serious"
- 27 deaths
The CDC whitewashes the statitistics.
However, you can hear the words of an American Gardasil victim and watch her
story at the link below:
Please share this article with anyone who has a daughter or is of the age Merck
and their pediatricians want to jab.
Gardasil now back in Spanish pediatrician's arsenals:
Here is another video
of an American Gardasil victim. Be sure to scroll down and read the comments as
- 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.
- Use of the vaccine was halted last Monday when two girls fell ill after
receiving injections from the same batch of the drug.
- "The batch which the sick girls recieved is still suspended and being
investigated, but injections from other batches of Gardasil resumed today,"
the spokeswoman said. (Reuters)