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Posted on 10/08/2011
The group, Initiative Citoyenne’s urged on Tuesday, the ministers of Health and Education of the Federation Wallonia-Brussels to provide “enough contradictory information” on vaccination against cancer of the cervix, which will be offered free to students in Secondary 2 in the next school year.
In a lengthy open letter to both ministers, the collective, which was made known last year in taking legal action to denounce the recommendations for vaccination against the risk of H1N1 outbreak, questions the effectiveness of this vaccination and denounces the risks.
He points to this effect several warnings written by various health authorities in recent years. And cites cases where the use of Gardasil and Cervarix, two vaccines against HPV (Human Papillomavirus), is suspected of “having caused serious side effects or death sometimes.
The French Minister of Health, Fadila Laanan (PS), announced earlier this summer that vaccination against HPV, which can cause cancer of the cervix, will be offered free to return at the next 26 000 girls enrolled in grade.
This vaccination, not mandatory, will be subject to the prior consent of parents, which will be informed by the authorities. There are about 700 new cases of cancer of the cervix each year in Belgium.
It is the leading cause of cancer death in children under 35 years. Currently available vaccines protect against 70% of the strains of HPV.
These are most effective if administered before sexual debut. This vaccine, however, does not eliminate the need for screening for the disease.
In France, the complaints were filed by families of young girls, to guard against the risk of uterine cancer, have used the Gardasil vaccine marketed by Sanofi Pasteur MSD since November 2006.
It would be responsible, according to the complainants, a range of ailments such as paralysis, seizures unpredictable, headache and stomach pain unbearable.
Claims have already been lodged with the regional commissions of conciliation and compensation for medical accidents (RCCI).
“Initiative Citoyenne is a group of Belgian citizens and health professionals whose aim, since the beginning, has been to achieve greater transparency with respect to swine flu. We have filed through our lawyers, Me G.H. Beauthier and Me P. Vanlangendonck, a number of legal proceedings against the State in an attempt to get the vital answers to our initial questions. When, in May 2010, the secret vaccine purchase contract was made public, here in Belgium, it was clear to us how much of it was incompatible with democracy and human dignity. This disgraceful text, that forbids any analysis of vaccine ingredients (e.g. the adjuvant) and shields the manufacturers against potential claims from the victims, constitutes firm evidence that most of the health ministers throughout the world are insufficiently informed and worse still, not really concerned about public interest. Unfortunately, it appears that only money and profit count. When it comes to health, this is simply unacceptable. The Polish Health Minister has shown the world that political courage is really possible. With swine flu, public awareness has awakened across the world and various initiatives have been created in many countries. We have produced a small film to encapsulate our activities since the beginning of this saga and to give people the opportunity to know us better. It would be a mistake to think that the swine flu saga is simply over. Nothing is really definitively over and as history is a process of constant renewal, we must pay careful attention, remain vigilant and understand that the future may bring more pandemics, so frequently announced but also so strangely predictable. “