Posted in General, tagged Cancer, Vaccines, Women's Health on October 3, 2009|
The death of Natalie Morton at 14 years old is a tragic and cautionary tale.
She died within hours of receiving Cervarix, the HPV1 vaccine. Following the rule obeyed by the general public that correlation = causation, a huge outcry blaming the vaccine began making the rounds. This was undoubtedly fueled in part by those groups and individuals dedicated to eliminating vaccines altogether.
The National Health Service in England took a cautionary approach and suspended use of the vaccine until they could complete and investigation. The real medical professionals were betting that a batch of vaccines had become tainted somehow.
So far, 1.4 million doses of the vaccine have been administered.
The Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) received 2,137 reports of suspected side effects of Cervarix between April 14, 2008 and September 23 this year.
The total number of suspected reactions is 4,657.
In total, there were 575 reports relating to side effects at the site of the injection, such as swelling and extreme pain, and another 241 allergic reactions, such as rash, swollen face and swollen lips.
A total of 455 reports were linked to ‘psychogenic effects’ such as nausea, panic attacks and fainting while 955 were other recognised effects like headache and sickness.
A total of 330 reports were suspected reactions not currently recognised, such as palpitations, blurred vision, chest pain and flu-like illness.
The MHRA said on September 23 that the balance of risks and benefits of Cervarix remains positive.
Globally, many vaccine doses have been administered and no deaths are directly related to the vaccine.
Gardasil, an HPV vaccination (though different than the one the girl in England received), has been given to over 7 million girls, yet there have been only 20 deaths after getting the shot… and for almost all of them there is no obvious relation between the shot and the fatality except for timing. In other words, they were tragic coincidences.
The story concludes on the following note:
“The pathologist has confirmed today at the opening of the inquest into the death of Natalie Morton that she died from a large malignant tumor of unknown origin in the heart and lungs,” said Dr Caron Grainger, joint director of public health for the Coventry area where Natalie died.
“There is no indication that the HPV vaccine, which she had received shortly before her death, was a contributing factor to the death, which could have arisen at any point,” Grainger said in a statement.
It was a terrible coincidence of timing. Our deepest condolences go out to her friends and family.
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