Data on adverse events after HPV-vaccination is misleading

Originally posted on HPV Vaccine Info

The Danish Health and Medicines Authority’s most commonly reported adverse events after HPV-vaccination with Gardasil, does not correlate with their public information. They try to neglect the most severe and frequent cases – while they highlight the mild and rare cases.

On our page, HPV Vaccine Info, we have examined which types of adverse events that are being reported in Denmark after HPV-vaccination with Gardasil. We were interested in knowing how the accepted adverse effects from the HPV-vaccine correlated with the actual rate of reporting.

When you look at the list of adverse effects and their rate of reporting, you can only wonder why all the adverse effects that The European Medicines Agency (EMA) classify as rare, basically are the adverse effects that are the most common. Likewise, you can only wonder why all the adverse effects that The Danish Health and Medicines Authority (DHMA) and The Danish Cancer Association (DCA) classify as the most common, are the ones that are the least frequent. If we look at some of the adverse effects that DHMA and DCA proclaim are the most common, then they are for example: Headache, nausea, fever, influenza like symptoms, pain on the injection site and local swelling. For most people these adverse effects seem pretty mild. But among some of the more reported adverse effects are for example: Arthralgia, myalgia, paresthesia, sensory disturbances, disturbances in attention, vision impairment, acute abdominal pain and dyspnea. It seems that DHMA and DCA want to mislead the public when it comes to the most severe and frequent adverse effects.

Underneath is a list of the most commonly reported adverse effects in Denmark. It’s made from DHMA’s Drug Analysis Prints from the 30 of July 2014. There are more than 620 reported unique adverse effects but only the 75 most frequently reported are on this list. The names of the adverse effects are both in Danish and in English.

Read the entire article here.

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