By Emeline Cazi, LE MONDE/Worldcrunch
Though no widespread risk had been identified since the release of the Gardasil vaccine, several young French women have suffered what they say are brutal side effects from what was supposed to protect them from cervical cancer.
RIVES – Their mothers thought they were doing the right thing: protecting their daughters against a disease — cervical cancer – that had been so gravely depicted on television and radio commercials, and was even the subject of a feature film.
But now, Gardasil, the vaccine the two teenagers took after it was put on the market in France back in November of 2006, has transformed their lives into a nightmare, say Laura Agnès, 16, and Laëtitia Celli, 20.
The two young French women recount how their days are interrupted by unpredictable paralysis, headaches and unbearable stomach aches that they say began after the vaccination that was distributed throughout France by Sanofi Pasteur MSD laboratory.
Last week, they sent a claim for indemnification to the Commission of Conciliation and Compensation for Medical Accidents (RCCI) in Lyon. Their lawyer describes the complaint: “The first problems occurred after their injections, and these young girls were in good health before, and there is no previous case of problems in their family.”
A vaccine “released blindly”?