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Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Natalie Morton, 14 Dies after Cervarix jab

The first pictures of Natalie Morton have surfaced in the British press after the 14 year old tragically died hours after being given the cervical cancer vaccine, Cervarix.

The Mail Online reports how a fellow pupil gave a dramatic account of how Natalie collapsed.

The 15-year-old girl said: "We all had the jab today from Year Nine to the sixth form.

About an hour after having the jab Natalie went really pale and wasn't breathing. I think it was around lunchtime.

She fainted in the corridor. I saw ambulance men pumping her chest then the teachers told us to go outside.

A lot of people were crying afterwards and we were all very worried.

We have to have three of the jabs in all and a lot of us don't want to take the rest, but they're telling us we have to because there will be sideeffects if we don't have them all."

Last night, there were calls for the entire cervical cancer vaccination programme to be suspended.

I have to say that I echo the call for the mass vaccination to be suspended until the death of this child has been fully and impartially investigated. I see no reason whatsoever why this cannot be done.

The article has provoked many comments from readers, one in particular who writes:

"Of 100+ types of HPV, only 10-30 can cause cervical cancer. The rest can lead to skin infections that cause genital or common warts on hands and feet. There's actually little cause for alarm because, in 90% cases, your body's immune system clears the HPV infection naturally within 2 years for both the wart- and cancer-forming virus.

Still, we are led to believe that getting the vaccine will protect girls from the slight risk of cervical cancer that does exist -- but this is not the case. The vaccine contains just 4 types of HPV (out of 100+ strains). If you contract one of the 96+ types that aren't included, you're out of luck. And, if you've already been exposed to one of the 4 types of virus in the vaccine, it doesn't work either.

This is all about money and profit, with no concern about true health well being."

Dr Pim Kon, medical director at GlaxoSmithKline UK, said: "Our deepest sympathies are with the family and friends of the young girl.

We are working with the Department of Health and MHRA (Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency) to better understand this case, as at this stage the exact cause of this tragic death is unknown."

Glaxo added that the vast majority of suspected adverse reactions have related either to the symptoms of recognised side effects or were due to the injection process and not the vaccine itself.

Cervarix was chosen for the NHS programme because it offered 'best overall value for the NHS'.

The NHS pays £80 a dose, plus admin and staff costs, and three jabs are given altogether.

Related Links:

GlaxoSmithKline challenged safety Cervarix anti-cancer vaccine left girl partially paralysed

4,602 Suspected Adverse Reactions to GSK's Cervarix!

Girls used as Guinea Pigs in HPV Trials Admits GSK

GSK - A Catalogue of Disasters!

Glaxo: "Promote More, Feel Better and Live a Life of Luxury"

Glaxo Goes Head-to-Head on HPV

Teenage Girls Sue Over GSK's Cancer Jab, Cervarix!

GlaxoSmithKline submits final study data to FDA for cervical cancer vaccine

HPV Vaccine Video on Youtube

Concerns over GSK's Cervarix vaccine


Mindy Merck & Gail Glaxo Dilemma


GlaxoSmithKline's Cervarix. Is Your Daughter Safe?

More debate on GSK's Cervarix

Cervical Cancer, Ofsted & GlaxoSmithKline



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