They should quarantine more than that batch of Cervarix.
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September 29, 2009
Health authorities in Britain are investigating after a 14-year-old girl died a few hours after she received a vaccination shot to protect against a virus that causes cervical cancer.
Natalie Morton died in a hospital shortly after receiving the Cervarix vaccine at her school in Coventry, about 160 kilometres northwest of London. The vaccine protects against two strains of the human papilloma virus that causes cervical cancer.
Caron Grainger, director for public health at Coventry City Council, says an autopsy will be carried out.
Health officials said Tuesday the batch of vaccine given at the school has been quarantined. A number of other girls at the school reported mild symptoms such as dizziness and nausea after receiving the shot.
‘Tragic consequences’ in rare cases
The vaccine is routinely administered to teenage girls in Europe and North America, with no safety concerns reported before. [Ed. Note: A lie, see above]
“As with any medical intervention … one can, on rare occasions, see tragic consequences,” said Prof. Malcolm McCrae, virologist at the University of Warwick.
“But overall this is an extremely well-tested vaccine which has been produced in response to a critical health issue – cervical cancer – a disease responsible for almost 1,000 deaths annually in the U.K.”
The medical director at GlaxoSmithKline UK, which manufactures Cervarix, said the company is working with health authorities to investigate the case.
Controversy over teenage vaccinations
The immunization program for teenage girls has been controversial in Britain since it began in 2008 because of suggestions that it would encourage younger girls to be sexually active, since HPV is spread through sexual contact.
A different vaccine, called Gardasil, has been approved for use in Canada. An estimated 1,350 women in Canada are diagnosed with cervical cancer annually, while about 400 women die of cervical cancer a year.
But the immunization against HPV has also met with resistance in some school boards across the country.
Earlier in September, Yellowknife’s Catholic school board voted not to allow the vaccinations to be administered through its schools, following a debate on whether ensuring girls get the vaccines should be the responsibility of parents or schools. [Ed. Note: Pffft. This has nothing to do with religion, no matter how much the media tries to paint it as such.]
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