British health authorities are now investigating the death of a 14 year old British schoolgirl a few hours after she received Cervarix vaccine at her school. Just days after another 17 year old British teen received the vaccine, she suffered seizures and damage to her left brain.
As reported in the September 29, 2009 issue of this newsletter, the Canadian newspaper, Globe and Mail revealed in August 2009 that 23 million doses of the HPV vaccine have been administered to young women in the United States, resulting in 32 deaths and 12,424 adverse reactions, including 772 severe reactions (blood clots, pancreatic failure, motor neuron disease and anaphylaxis).
ANH-UK point out that "until the known risks are properly communicated to the public, informed choice does not exist. We call on recipients of this eBlast to communicate with your parliamentary representative, whether in the UK, or other European countries, the US, Canada, Australia or elsewhere, and put pressure on your government to release all the known facts over the risk of this controversial vaccine --- or initiate a scientific inquiry."
According to a new Associated Press-GfK poll, only 52% of Americans are willing to be given the H1N1 vaccine. It seems that people are getting the message that vaccines, while worthwhile, are neither 100% safe nor 100% effective. Consumers want to make important healthcare choices for themselves, rather than be coerced by government mandates.
As for the British teen who lives with her grandmother in the United States and seeks US citizenship, there is hope. According to vaccine lawyer Patricia Finn, there is a provision in immigration law that allows rejection of vaccination on all kinds of moral or religious grounds. Attorneys like Finn help to defend the rights of those who choose to opt out of vaccinations, such as Gardasil and its British version, Cervarix, with its imperfect record of safety.
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