SaneVax: Scottish parents who disagree with their national health authorities’ opinion that HPV vaccines are safe and effective have embarked on their own fact-finding mission. They began to actively solicit data only after submitting their concerns to the appropriate national health authorities and political representatives without being able to obtain scientifically documented answers to the questions they posed. Why has it been left to parents to bring these concerns out in the open? Why have those charged with protecting the health and welfare of their constituents not taken up the quest for answers?
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Mother’s concern over anti-cancer jab for girls
By Tom Ramage
PARENTS in Badenock and Strathspey are being advised to request patient information leaflets on an anti-cancer vaccination before signing their children up to it.
The advice has come from health campaigners who have visited towns and villages throughout the strath in recent weeks including Kingussie, Grantown and Nethy Bridge to highlight their experiences with Cervarix.
It has been widely administered to 12 and 13-year-old girls as part of a UK immunisation programme. Their concerns for the treatment remains for the vaccine which recently superceded it, Gardasil.
The companies behind both insist their vaccines offer protection from the Human Papilloma Virus (HPV), the most common cause of cervical cancer, and the UK and Scottish governments as well as health chiefs have maintained they are perfectly safe.
However, Sherrell Halliday said that thousands of recipients reported a wide range of adverse reactions to Cervarix including her daughter, Deborah, and she had serious concerns over the possibility of side-effects of the new drug.
When the family’s poster-packed campaign vehicle spread its message in Kingussie’s High Street, Mrs Halliday’s 16-year-old daughter Deborah told the “Strathy”:
My life was turned upside down after I took the first two jags of the three-jag course. There were so many problems and I was in such pain that I really thought I would end up in a wheelchair for the rest of my life.
I just don’t want any other girls to go through what I did. We need to help them help themselves.
I was in terrible pain and I still suffer, although I’m more stable now that doctors finally began to listen to me. But since I’ve been through hell I’m desperate to stop others going through it.
I had no choice – we simply didn’t know any better and there was no one to warn us – but now we do know more and we simply have to offer other girls the choice.
They must decide for themselves whether they want to take this drug or not.
Mrs Halliday said:
We want to know if anyone in the strath has encountered similar problems. We would like them to contact us.
Anyone wanting to share any experiences with the Hallidays can contact the campaign at firstname.lastname@example.org.