By Leslie Carol Botha
One correction made by the Department of Health is in regard to the Gardasil vaccine, which protects against the human papillomavirus. It remains true that not all the girls received the vaccine, but eight of the original 12 did, according to the report. The department previously had stated that only two of the girls received the vaccine.
The Health Department still discounts Gardasil as a cause for the tic disorders, however, because not all the girls received the vaccine, and a safety study involving nearly 190,000 females showed no association between the vaccine and neurologic disorders.