This year alone, has seen India suspend the Measles vaccine, the Cervical cancer vaccine and the HIB vaccine, Australia, the Flu vaccine, Sweden, the Swine Flu vaccine along with Finland and the USA, Switzerland and Jordan, the Rotavirus vaccine. What is going on? Last year the world faced a ‘so called’ Pandemic of Swine Flu, this year however, we are faced with an even worse Pandemic of vaccine suspensions.
Can the companies manufacturing these vaccines be trusted or are they more interested in profit than protecting our health?
With five of the countries suspending vaccines that the giant, Glaxo Smith Kline, have developed, it seems that the company GSK cannot seem to get their vaccines right at all this year. The first vaccine to present problems for GSK was the Rotarix vaccine. This vaccine is supposed to protect us from the Rotavirus, a virus which causes severe diarrhoea and sickness, particularly in very young children. Rotarix was suspended in the USA by the FDA, alongside Switzerland and Jordan because it was found to be contaminated with benign pig virus, Age of Autism said at the time:-
“Fortunately for patient safety, AP Medical News reported “A group of scientists testing a new way to detect viruses in a variety of products stumbled onto fragments of genetic material — broken pieces of DNA — from what’s called porcine circovirus-1 in Rotarix and alerted Glaxo, which confirmed the findings and in turn alerted FDA, Hamburg said.
The report stressed that the suspension of use has been recommended despite no evidence of harm.”
Eventually the vaccine was returned to the market after extensive testing proved that the vaccine was thought to be safe and that these viruses could not harm the public. The FDA put this press release out in June of this year:-
“Update on Rotavirus Vaccines
In March 2010, FDA became aware of the presence PCV1 in Rotarix and DNA from PCV1 and PCV2 in RotaTeq. These viruses are not known to cause any infection or illness in people. Based on a careful review of a variety of scientific information, FDA has determined it is appropriate for clinicians and public health professionals in the United States to use these vaccines. All available evidence supports the safety and effectiveness of Rotarix and RotaTeq, which have been extensively studied, both before and after approval.”
With this hurdle out of the way, Glaxo Smith Kline’s next problems came with their flu vaccine Fluarix. The vaccine was found to be causing children to suffer vomiting, fevers and seizures. The side effects affected some children so adversely that it left one poor child in a coma, causing Australia to take the unusual step of actually banning this vaccine altogether.
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