HPV Vaccines: Freda Birrell Addresses Scottish Petitions Committee

Freda Birrell

Freda Birrell Speaks for Thousands

I would like to thank the Committee for allowing me to provide additional information relating to my request for ‘A round table discussion to be held at Edinburgh between scientists and medical professionals from both sides of the HPV vaccine safety debate.’  I speak today on behalf of not only the UK Association for HPV Vaccine Injured Daughters who have had their lives turned upside down after HPV vaccine administration, but each of the 2019 people from 55 countries who signed because they are having similar experiences and support open scientific discussions.

Our association was organized at the beginning of this year when it became apparent that we needed to co-ordinate everyone’s individual efforts as a group. Our association represents families from Scotland, England, Wales and Northern Ireland operating under the banner of HPV Vaccine Injured Daughters (AHVID).  As a group, we were able to receive greater publicity. The increased awareness caused our membership to grow by leaps and bounds. Our initial group of 60 members has expanded to 208 and rising. Despite the fact that Scotland only accounts for 8% of the UK population; 15% of the association’s members come from Scotland. We don’t know how many others are out there, but for now there appears to be no end in sight.

A senior politician within the Irish Government, Pashal Mooney, gave an impassioned plea to Irish Government officials regarding the Irish HPV vaccination program, lack of informed consent and the devastating effects on young girls around the country. He specifically mentions Irish girls being admitted to psychiatric hospitals following HPV vaccinations.

Japan has rescinded the government recommendation for HPV vaccines and initiated studies to determine whether there is a causal relationship between HPV vaccines and adverse outcomes as well as a 21 year study to determine whether HPV vaccines have an impact on cervical cancer diagnosis rates.

  • In Denmark, the National Association of HPV Adverse Sufferers is hosting an HPV Vaccine Information Symposium to bring families together with medical professionals, health authorities and legal professionals to explore treatment options and potential legal remedies on October 31st. Denmark has just recently made the decision to change from Gardasil to Cervarix as the HPV vaccine of choice. 24 Oct 2015, at the urging of Liselott Blixt, Danish politician with a Gardasil injured daughter the Danish government has set aside 7 million kroner to conduct an independent investigation into the HPV vaccine and its side effects.

Our association is in the process of compiling information to submit to the EMA for consideration during their safety assessment of HPV vaccines. Of the 88 family reports analysed to date: 68% reported their daughters experienced health problems serious enough to interfere with their education; 24% reported symptoms so severe their daughter could no longer participate in educational activities; 70% required help with daily care; and a full 91% reported being told their daughters’ medical conditions were psychological in origin.

Psychological in origin? Interesting to note that national health authorities in Denmark, Norway, Japan, France, Spain, Colombia, Ireland, and many other countries have led doctors and other vaccine administrators to believe that any new medical conditions experienced after HPV vaccine administration are most likely psychosomatic. Consequently, when the average medical health professional is faced with a patient exhibiting symptoms they have never seen before; symptoms which do not fit neatly into any current diagnostic criteria, the natural assumption is psychological problems as have been experienced by many UK families.

So, I put forth these facts for your consideration:

  • According to Merck’s Gardasil 9 package insert, 3.3% of participants who were given Gardasil during the most recent clinical trials “experienced new medical conditions potentially indicative of autoimmune disorders.” (3,300/100,000 recipients)
  • According to a press release from Sanofi-Pasteur MSD dated June 17, 2015, 183 million doses of Gardasil have been distributed worldwide.
  • Using Merck’s own clinical trial percentage, this means there could be as many as 6,039,000 girls around the world suffering autoimmune conditions which could very well influence their health for the rest of their lives.
  • According to the World Cancer Research Foundation, there were 528,000 cases of cervical cancer diagnosed worldwide in 2012.

Is this worth the risk? I am very much aware HPV vaccines are a controversial issue and that this information puts Scotland at a cross-roads with a difficult decision to make.

Do we accept what the manufacturer and their list of experts are saying and assume HPV vaccines are safe and effective and there just happens to be an epidemic of psychosomatic disorders spreading round the world affecting certain young people who have one thing in common, they were injected with HPV vaccines?

Or, do we listen to experts from both sides, try to discover exactly what the situation is and make every effort we can to get the problem solved?

Do we sweep all of these families under the proverbial ‘psychological disorder’ carpet and ignore their misery; or do we treat them with the dignity and respect they deserve by using every means at our disposal to identify those at risk of serious adverse reactions and develop successful treatment protocols for those already suffering?

Please, demonstrate to the world that Scotland is still a country that does not ignore the suffering of innocents.

Show the world Scotland is not afraid to hold open, honest scientific discussions no matter how controversial the subject might be.

Witness Freda’s presentation here, beginning at the 1:00:00 mark.

View petition documents, including supporting evidence from medical and scientific professionals here.

Read this presentation in Spanish here.

Read this presentation in French here.



  1. http://www.fda.gov/downloads/BiologicsBloodVaccines/Vaccines/ApprovedProducts/UCM426457.pdf
  2. http://www.multivu.com/players/English/7543051-sanofi-pasteur-gardasil9/
  3. http://www.wcrf.org/int/cancer-facts-figures/worldwide-data


  1. Sandy Lunoe says:

    A most important presentation by Freda Birrell to the Scottish Petitions Committee. Her message was crystal clear and she responded to the subsequent numerous and rather lengthy questions in a sensible, informative manner – even retaining full composure when a fire alarm went off during the meeting!

    In connection with her work for The UK Association for HPV Vaccine Injured Daughters, Freda has regular contact with a fast growing number of HPV vaccine sufferers who feel that they are being listened to and taken seriously for the first time.

    Statistics and epidemiological studies do not help the vaccine injured.

    Listening with sympathy and understanding, showing them that they are believed and providing connections for expert information and the best professional help whenever possible is the way to go, an issue which Freda and her colleagues are taking extremely seriously.

    The statistics from the manufacturers concerning the huge numbers of serious adverse events including autoimmune conditions are shocking, even more so when it is taken into consideration that only a small percentage are reported.

    Surely the biggest eye opener which was presented to the Scottish Petitions Committee was this documentation from The UK Association for HPV Vaccine Injured Daughters: “ – a full 91% reported being told their daughters’ medical conditions were psychological in origin”.

    Most doctors receive minimal training regarding adverse events from vaccines. According to a leading expert in autoimmunity, Professor Schoenfeld, autoimmune conditions (of which there are more than 80) may first present symptoms up to eight years after vaccination.

    When doctors cannot present a diagnosis it is understandable, yet deeply regrettable that they follow advice from many countries’ health authorities to register serious symptoms after HPV vaccinations as psychological problems. This is certainly neither rational nor reasonable thinking because thousands of girls in many countries across the world who have become ill were perfectly healthy before vaccination.

    Not only may the suffering girls be incorrectly prescribed with psychiatric drugs, but also parents may be prescribed with these drugs in an attempt to reduce anxiety. There are potential issues concerning addiction, adverse reactions, especially long-term, and interactions between the drugs, factors which unfortunately are rarely addressed.

    It is sincerely hoped that the request for a round table discussion at Edinburgh between scientists and medical professionals from both sides of the HPV vaccine safety debate will soon materialize. It will surely contribute towards better understanding and sorely needed help for the many who are injured. Last but not least, it will be invaluable for a serious and honest debate between the participants, for the good of potential future recipients of the vaccines.

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