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||Posted - 10/01/2009 : 06:48:18
frm today's Guardian what a load of ...
Natalie Morton, the 14-year-old from Coventry who died in hospital after having the cervical cancer vaccination, was not killed by the jab. Public health doctors breathed again when the preliminary result of her postmortem was released on Tuesday night. She had a serious underlying medical problem – nobody has yet specified what. Yet she may well have died because she had the jab. Though it may not have been the cause, the HPV vaccine could have been the trigger.
Vaccines are miraculous, life-saving inventions. They have stopped our babies dying of diphtheria and being disabled by polio. But they can kill. It's extremely rare, but it happens.
Let's be clear. Nobody has died from the cervical cancer HPV vaccine. But one death in the UK and 32 in the US have been linked to it – meaning that these young women died of something within seven days of receiving the jab. As with Natalie, it is highly unlikely the jab was the direct cause of death, and some of these deaths will have been totally coincidental.
Paul Hunt, consultant in paediatric infectious diseases at St George's hospital, London, says there are three categories of side-effects with vaccines: local, such as pain and redness at the injection site; general, such as fever; and severe allergic reactions. "These occur and are rare," he says. "Maybe one in 1m doses will result in a severe anaphylaxis – the serious allergic reaction some people have to a bee sting and the antidote is usually adrenalin, which vaccinators should have in case."
But beyond all that there is sometimes, as with Natalie, the existence of an unknown medical problem, which could have struck them down at any time. "It is conceivable that a child could have an underlying problem with their heart or a heart valve or an unrelated seizure disorder, such as epilepsy, which has not until that event become evident. The event could coincide with vaccination," he says. It is also possible that the vaccine – or the pain or anxiety around having the injection – could trigger the fatal episode.
Public health officials who launch immunisation programmes for an entire population are aware of these risks. But simple maths enables them to sleep at night. Vaccines do good for vast numbers of people. They save lives. In the UK, more than 1.4m doses of the HPV vaccine were given and 4,657 adverse reactions, mostly of the sore arm variety, were reported to the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Authority between April 2008 and September 2009.
The death of one girl from something triggered by the vaccine – if that is what happened – is a tragedy. But set against the potential of the HPV jab to prevent maybe 400 of the nearly 1,000 deaths from cervical cancer each year, there is no contest in most medical minds. "We are saving an awful lot more than one in a million lives," says Sean Kehoe of the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists. "We have to keep with the positive message that there is far more benefit than risk."
But what about the parents? And here I have to acknowledge a personal interest. We are not so good at coolly considering the public health risk-benefit calculations. We try to be rational, but can't help wondering if our daughter will be the next Natalie Morton.
When the MMR (measles, mumps, rubella) vaccine scare was triggered by a paper from Dr Andrew Wakefield and colleagues from the Royal Free hospital in London, who suggested a link to autism, my second daughter had not yet had the booster jab given at four years old. Nervously, in spite of my own belief in what the public health experts were saying, I delayed it. In the end, she had it during the catch-up campaign, was the only girl in the class to be called out for her jab, and fainted from the anxiety.
Now she is due to have the cervical cancer vaccine. Her older sister has had the first two of three doses. Last week, before Natalie died, I signed the permission form and sent it to school. This time, I did not hesitate. My 25-year-old niece was diagnosed with cervical cancer last year. After surgery, she seems clear, but will need regular check-ups. No cancer is anything other than horrible and we live in fear that it will return.
The risk-benefit calculation I made, with my daughters, was easy. But without cancer staring you in the face, it's harder, as many parents know. "People are very bad at estimating their own risk of anything. The fact that lots of people play the lottery shows that," says Dr Anne Szarewski of the Wolfson Institute of Preventive Medicine in London. "People have a completely distorted idea of risk. Sometimes they think it is much higher and sometimes they think it is much lower than it is."
She has examined many women with abnormalities that could be the precursor to cervical cancer and has no doubt about the vaccine's value, but she acknowledges how much tougher it is to make the choice for someone you love rather than for yourself. "Deciding for your daughter is a much more difficult decision," she says.
Many parents will have been reassured by NHS Coventry's statement that Natalie died because of an unknown medical problem. Many will find that scary too, just as some of us had moments of rising panic when we heard that children had died of swine flu only because of a health problem their parents had no clue about.
One often undetected condition is an irregular heart rhythm. Alison Cox, chief executive of Cardiac Risk in the Young, says it strikes without warning, can be triggered by fear or over-excitement and causes, in this country, about 12 deaths a week in under-35s. "In 80% of kids, the first symptom is sudden death," she says. She cites the example of an 18-year-old who died while cutting her birthday cake. Not every underlying condition can be screened for, but this one – an irregular heart rhythm – can.
There are no easy answers. There is no test that can rule out every conceivable medical problem. In the end, we all have to make a very personal decision, and what's worse is that we make it for our children and if anything happens to them, we will never forgive ourselves. But there are risks whatever we decide. My daughter could suffer some unexpected, incredibly rare reaction to the HPV vaccine, or she could, in a few years, have unprotected sex and develop cervical cancer, which could kill her or destroy her chances of having a family. I've made my choice and I'm sticking by it.
|15 L A T E S T R E P L I E S (Newest First)
||Posted - 04/13/2013 : 00:26:01
US court pays $6 million to Gardasil victims
10th April 2013
Gardasil, the vaccine for HPV (human papillomavirus), may not be as safe as backers claim.
Judicial Watch announced it has received documents from the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) revealing that its National Vaccine Injury Compensation Program (VICP) has awarded $5,877,710 dollars to 49 victims in claims made against the highly controversial HPV (human papillomavirus) vaccines. To date 200 claims have been filed with VICP, with barely half adjudicated.....................
||Posted - 03/20/2013 : 12:09:29
A not so anonymous victim
So many others.
Cancer protection is unlikely if reactions are this bad. Cancer will be a threat more like as toxins like aluminium interfere with immunity.
These girls are the canaries down the mine. Something seriously bad this way comes.
||Posted - 03/18/2013 : 09:12:55
A parent of a daughter with health problems following HPV vaccine has asked JABS to post the following message onto our forum.
'If your daughter has suffered side effects from the HPV Vaccination (either product) please e-mail email@example.com.
A group of parents whose daughters have had serious side effects from the vaccinations are taking part in an anonymous survey to find common factors.
We also have a closed support group on Facebook.'
||Posted - 03/07/2013 : 07:14:05
Gardasil was originally rejected by the Australian Pharmaceutical Benefits Advisory Committee (PBAC) in 2006.
An article by Matthew Stevens in The Australian at the time (November 2006), reports the PBAC rejected Gardasil because it was "too expensive and, just maybe, not what it was cracked up to be anyway".(1) Apparently,Tony Abbott, then the Australian Federal Health Minister “took to the airwaves, passing on PBAC’s concerns about the efficacy of Gardasil and even floating the bizarre idea that a misplaced confidence in the effectiveness of the vaccine might actually result in "an increase in cancer rates"."
According to Matthew Stevens very interesting report in The Australian, it took just 24 hours for the then Prime Minister, John Howard, to "put an end to the nonsense", delivering "sparkling prime ministerial endorsement to Gardasil along with a clear direction to Minister Abbott that the immunisation program should proceed. And pronto."
So is this how important decisions on vaccination practice are made? On the whim of a Prime Minister in pre-electioneering mode? John Howard's wife had cervical cancer.(2) Did this personal experience affect Howard’s decision? Was this appropriate considering the complexity of the issue in regards to low risk of cancer, controversy re age of cervical cancer screening etc?
What sort of lobbying took place to overturn the PBAC's original decision to reject Gardasil?
This decision to add HPV vaccination to the Australian vaccination program for both girls and boys will impact on millions of children around the world.
Getting a vaccine on the national schedule must be the 'golden goose' for vaccine manufacturers as this assures a mass market for their vaccine product. It also helps create a 'domino' effect as other countries follow suit and adopt the vaccine, creating a mass global market.
No wonder Professor Ian Frazer, co-inventor of the technology enabling the HPV vaccines, was willing to forego royalties from developing countries(3) – how much profit will he reap from sales of the vaccine to governments in developed countries?
I suggest there should be an urgent independent investigation into the aggressive marketing of the Gardasil HPV vaccine.
http://over-vaccination.net/ – Challenging Big Pharma’s lucrative over-vaccination of people and animals
1. Howard rescues Gardasil from Abbott poison pill. The Australian, November 11, 2006: http://www.theaustralian.com.au/business/opinion/howard-rescues-gardasil-from-abbott-poison-pill/story-e6frg9lx-1111112503504
2. How the Rudds profited from Janette Howard's cancer scare. Crikey, February 22, 2007: http://www.crikey.com.au/2007/02/22/how-the-rudds-profited-from-janette-howards-cancer-scare/
3. "Ian Frazer as co-inventor of the technology enabling the HPV vaccine receives royalties from their sale in the developed world." Catch Cancer? No thanks, I’d rather have a shot!. The Conversation, 10 July 2012: http://theconversation.edu.au/catch-cancer-no-thanks-id-rather-have-a-shot-7568
||Posted - 12/09/2012 : 09:19:38
I'm very concerned about the way the questionable HPV vaccine is being foisted upon 12-13 year olds around the world, and I have forwarded a letter on the subject to the Editor-in-Chief of The Australian newspaper, Chris Mitchell.
For information, my detailed hyperlinked and referenced letter can be accessed via the following link: http://users.on.net/~peter.hart/Is_universal_HPV_vaccination_necessary.pdf
Bearing in mind Aesculapian authority, doctors need to be mindful of the medical interventions they press upon their healthy clients, and be more questioning of products being heavily promoted by pharmaceutical companies and others with a vested interest.
It seems to me there's a 'big picture' on the growing vaccine market that needs to be examined.
||Posted - 10/26/2012 : 21:21:21
Breaking News: Gardasil Fingerprints Found in Post-Mortem Samples
OCTOBER 23, 2012 BY ADMIN
For the first time in history, a biologically plausible mechanism of action has been discovered linking a vaccine to a serious adverse event. Gardasil has left behind its genetic fingerprint in post-mortem central nervous system samples of two girls who took this vaccine.
Two teenage girls from opposite ends of the world – both dead before their time have two additional things in common. They both took Gardasil to try and prevent cervical cancer and fragments of the HPV-16-L1 antigen used in Gardasil have been found in blood vessels within their brains.
The HPV-16-L1 protein is one of the antigens used in both Gardasil and Cervarix. An antigen is a toxin or other foreign substance that induces an immune response in the body. Theoretically, these antigens are not supposed to cross the blood brain barrier. However, according to a recently concluded case study this may not be the case.
Using a new immunohistochemical (IHC) protocol they developed, Drs. Chris Shaw and Lucija Tomljenovic examined post-mortem samples taken from the cerebellum, hippocampus, choroid plexus and watershed cortex of a 19 year-old girl; as well as post-mortem samples of the cerebellum, hippocampus, choroid plexus, portions of the brainstem (medulla, midbrain, pons), right basal ganglia, right parietal and left frontal lobes of a 14 year-old girl. They tested for the presence of two of the specific antigens used in both Gardasil and Cervarix: HPV-16-L1 and HPV-18-L1.
They discovered the presence of HPV-16-L1 particles within the blood vessels in the brain (cerebral vasculature) with some of these particles adhering to the blood vessel walls. For the average medical consumer, this is the equivalent of a Gardasil fingerprint and it should not be in brain tissues.
Does the presence of HPV-16-L1 particles inside these girls’ cerebral vasculature provide evidence of a “Trojan Horse” mechanism by which these particles adsorbed to aluminum adjuvant gain access to human brain tissue? Remember, both Gardasil and Cervarix contain HPV-16-L1 virus-like particles (VLP’s) of the recombinant major capsid (L1) protein adsorbed onto aluminum adjuvants.
Tomljenovic and Shaw also discovered that the antibodies against HPV-16-L1, which were used to detect the presence of HPV-16-L1 particles, were also binding to the wall of cerebral blood vessels in the brain samples.
Their IHC analysis also showed increased T-cell signaling and marked activation of the classical antibody-dependent complement pathway in cerebral vascular tissues from both cases. This pattern of complement activation, in the absence of an active brain infection, indicates an abnormal triggering of the immune response in which the immune attack is directed towards the blood vessels of the brain, thus triggering an autoimmune cerebral vasculitis.
Cerebral vasculitis is a serious disease which typically results in fatal outcomes when undiagnosed and left untreated. The fact that many of the symptoms reported to the Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System (VAERS) following HPV vaccination are indicative of cerebral vasculitis, but are unrecognized as such (i.e. intense persistent migraines, syncope, seizures, tremors and tingling, myalgia, locomotor abnormalities, psychotic symptoms and cognitive deficits) is a serious concern in light of Tomljenovic and Shaw’s findings.
Finally, there was clear evidence of brain hemorrhages in both cases which further demonstrated that a serious injury to the cerebral vasculature occurred.
For the average medical consumer, this evidence suggests that the antibodies produced in response to vaccination with the HPV-16-L1 may cause one’s immune system to attack its own blood vessels. HPV vaccines containing HPV-16-L1 antigens could therefore pose an inherent risk for triggering potentially fatal autoimmune vasculopathies.
There is little doubt that HPV vaccines are unsafe for some individuals. Who those individuals are and why they are more susceptible to serious adverse reactions than others remains unknown. More studies must be conducted to answer these questions.
The article by Drs. Chris Shaw and Lucija Tomljenovic entitled Death after qHPV vaccination: causal or coincidental, published in Pharmaceutical Regulatory Affairs today provides evidence of a biologically plausible mechanism of action linking a particular vaccine to serious adverse outcomes, perhaps for the first time in history. Although this study may not conclusively ‘prove’ causality, it seriously demonstrates the need for additional investigation. (Access entire article here.)
When reading this case study, one must understand the findings should be viewed with caution. This is a small sample size and there were no control samples available. However, the marked resemblance between the two cases strongly supports the present conclusions.
It is important to note that activation of the antibody-dependent complement pathway, as shown in Tomljenovic and Shaw’s analysis, typically occurs in neurodegenerative diseases which have an underlying immune trigger. This process is not a feature of a normal young brain.
Given that the autopsy in both cases revealed no major abnormality (anatomically, microbiologically or toxicologically) that might have been regarded as a potential cause of death; it appears plausible that the antigenic component of the HPV vaccine (HPV-16-L1) was indeed responsible for the fatal inflammation of the blood vessels.
Medical consumers need to know:
Vasculitis has long been recognized as a possible severe adverse reaction to vaccination.
Molecular mimicry (whereby the vaccine antigen resembles a host antigen) is generally accepted among medical professionals and scientists as a mechanism by which vaccines can trigger autoimmune diseases.
Tomljenovic & Shaw’s search of the VAERS database revealed numerous reports of post-HPV vaccination–associated vasculitis.
An analysis of these reports showed that post-HPV vaccination vasculitis-related symptoms most typically manifest within the first three to four months after vaccination, as was also reported in the two cases analyzed by Shaw and Tomljenovic.
Tomljenovic and Shaw also noted a striking similarity between the vasculitis-related symptoms reported to VAERS and those experienced by the two cases they examined.
Every vaccine carries some risk of adverse effects. Unlike most medications, vaccines are normally administered to healthy individuals. Therefore, it is all the more critical to identify those individuals who are at risk for serious adverse events after vaccines.
We consider ourselves a civilized society. The time has come to stop sacrificing the life and future of anyone for the greater good. The time has come to admit vaccine injuries occur, find out why and cure those already affected. Anything less is neither responsible, nor ethical.
||Posted - 07/24/2012 : 17:11:24
My Personal Gardasil Journey
9th July 2012
By Kristin Clulow
Hello from Newcastle, NSW, Australia.
Gardasil Changed My Life
My name is Kristin Clulow. I am currently 29 years old, and I am a Gardasil survivor. If someone had told me four years ago that my life would be where it is now, there is no way I would have believed it. Simply put, I am blessed.
Before Gardasil, I was fit and healthy. I had a Business degree, had a great job, great friends, and a great life. I didn’t drink, smoke or do anything to harm my body. I was 55kg. I loved sports and being outdoors. I had so much in my favour.
In May 2008, I received my first of three injections of the highly publicised, Government sponsored Human Papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine, commonly known as Gardasil. It is a mass produced vaccine, promoted and encouraged for females ages 9-26 years, for the prevention of cervical cancer. I was administered this by my General Practitioner (GP), who explained the benefits, but no risks to my health.
Two weeks after receiving the first of three vaccines, I fell at Karate and broke my left foot. It was a bit strange, as I have always been a bit of a tom-boy, and have suffered little injury. I was in a moonboot and on crutches for six weeks. This coincided with starting a new job (which was a little awkward), but I coped well.
In August 2008, I received the second vaccine. I had just come off crutches and was regaining the strength in my left leg. Approximately 4-6 weeks later, different things began to happen. One weekend in September, I lost my sight. This then came back. Soon after, I couldn’t stand in heels. My balance had started to go. I then could not dance, jump, skip or run. I couldn’t wear open backed shoes. My walking started going ‘wonky’ and my balance and co-ordination wasn’t what it was. My handwriting then disappeared. My body would start twitching and shaking when I had intent to do something. I could feel my speech beginning to be altered. All of this happened primarily to my right hand side. It was like I had a stroke. Several visits to the same GP who had administered the vaccine proved ineffective – I was told it was everything from stress, a pinched nerve, to insanity. Needless to say, I changed GP’s in the hope of an answer.
I switched to a new GP who had not witnessed this sudden deterioration before, but knew there was something wrong. He sent me to a Neurologist for further assistance. After several tests, I was diagnosed as having Multiple Sclerosis (MS). Although there were no signs on any scans or tests, all bodily signs presented pointed to this. I was administered three doses of IV Methylprednisolone treatment over three days. This saw little improvement. In December 2008, I resigned from my job as my health continued to deteriorate, and went full time in the retail environment.
In January 2009, I sought a second opinion from a Neurologist in Sydney. After examining my presented physical symptoms, he asked me one question: ‘Have you had any vaccines recently?’ He explained that he had several patients recently presented to him with similar symptoms. Every patient had one element in common: Gardasil. He recommended that I undertake five days of IV Methylprednisolone treatment. Although this had done little before, at this stage my health was deteriorating, and I thought it may help. It didn’t. IV Methylprednisolone is a steroid. My Neuro explained it simply. He said it is like a ‘fire’. It goes through your body and kills off everything, and then your body can rebuild. The problem was, my body had been knocked down so much, it couldn’t get back up. The next five months saw my health deteriorate further. I had blackouts, hallucinations, and struggled to do simple, everyday tasks. I couldn’t sleep. I was constantly sick. I worked full time, attended physiotherapy, occupational therapy and speech therapy. When my symptoms extended to encompass my left side, my medical team went back to the drawing board.
I underwent a PET scan in June 2009. The process is similar to an MRI scan, but the results are more detailed. The results of this scan showed that my cerebellum – the part of the brain the controls the motor functions had switched off. This warranted IV Immunoglobulin (IVIG) treatment. By June 2009, I struggled with everything that I had taken for granted before. I struggled to walk. I had to hold onto things to keep my balance. I couldn’t walk in a straight line. I couldn’t walk down a corridor without being puffed. I remember being wheeled to a scan in a wheelchair. For a previously healthy, active and always on the go person, this was absolutely devastating. Even now, remembering this brings tears to my eyes. I struggled to speak. I could say a few words, but stringing a sentence together was impossible.
It was so frustrating because I knew what I wanted to say, I just couldn’t physically say it. I could not write at all. My hands shook so much that even holding a pen and not throwing it across the room was impossible. I struggled to eat. I remember my Mum feeding me toast in hospital one morning because I could not get the food to my mouth without shaking, and I could not find my mouth, because my perception of where my mouth was had gone. I had no immune system. The hospital staff believed I may have contracted Swine Flu because I was so sick. I had no nervous system. It was explained to me that the myelin sheath – which acts like a coating around the nerves – had been dissolved. My white blood cells were confused and were attacking themselves.
Basically, I was dying. The Neuro was honest with me and told me that the IVIG may work. Or it may not. At this very point, I had two options: sink, or swim. Sinking wasn’t an option. So long as I had breath in me, I would swim. And swim I did.
For the next 12 months, I was in hospital every 28 days to receive IVIG treatment. A great deal of this was sponsored by the Australian Red Cross, who I am forever grateful to. IVIG is the ‘peacekeeper’. It is human auto-immune and helps to restore the body. The thing is it can only do so much. The rest is up to you. I underwent intense physiotherapy, occupational therapy, speech therapy and hydrotherapy. I was told I could not work for at least two years.
It was believed to have been an illness called Acute Disseminated Encephalomyelitis (ADEM). ADEM is defined as ‘an immune mediated disease of the brain. It usually occurs following a viral infection but may appear following vaccination, bacterial or parasitic infection, or even appear spontaneously. As it involves autoimmune demyelination, it is similar to multiple sclerosis, and is considered part of the Multiple sclerosis borderline diseases. Simply put, it presents itself in a similar physical manifestation to MS; however it is believed that the ADEM which I experienced was a one off attack of my immune system, not ongoing degeneration. Also, unlike MS, the myelin sheath is believed to be repairing.
In December 2009, I enrolled to undertake a Masters of Teaching (Secondary) at theUniversity of Newcastle. Looking back, I am sure everyone thought I was insane, considering I could barely walk, write or speak. For me, teaching was one of those things that I had always thought of, but had never done, and as I had two years off work, I thought it was the best time to do it. Plus, it would keep my mind busy. I was accepted, and commenced full-time study in February 2010.
The two years that followed were full of Physio, Rehab, Gym, Study, Medical appointments and much, much more. I filled up my days as much as I could and pushed myself as far as I could. And the results spoke for themselves. In November 2011, a repeated PET scan showed that my cerebellum was coming back to life. This was a miracle. When the cerebellum switches off, it dies and shrinks. Mine didn’t.
I am now a high school teacher. I absolutely love my job, and my students are amazing. I have the most awesome family and friends, and an amazing God who is always on my side. Without them, I wouldn’t be who, or where I am right now. I am so blessed to be in a position where I can help other girls and families who are going through a similar situation.
This experience has changed who I am without a doubt. It has made me appreciate all of the wonderful things in life, and not to worry about the things that don’t matter. It has taught me to be happy, and always look at things positively and to always laugh and to always have fun. I won’t lie, it has been the hardest time of my life, but it has been the most rewarding. I have been subjected to a great deal of physical pain, and still live with the pain each day. I push my body each day, which is both painful and frustrating. The accusations and remarks that I have dealt with from people who do not understand the situation only cause me to have a thicker skin, and a greater empathy for those who live with an incurable illness. The mental and emotional turmoil is surreal, and is made a thousand times worse by the drugs causing havoc within the body, and the overall uncertainty of the situation. I quickly learnt that having a positive attitude and living each day to the fullest was the best way to go. I may never be 100% again, but I’m cool with that. It just gives me something to keep working toward.
To all the girls struggling with this, I have been there. Never give up. Don’t let this beat you. You don’t know how strong you are until you have to be. Every day is a blessing. Have a little faith.
There is a great deal of information that I have not had time to mention here. If you would like more information, advice, or to be put in contact with others that can help, please contact me via the SaneVax team at firstname.lastname@example.org or via Face book (Kristin Clulow).
||Posted - 07/24/2012 : 16:59:46
24 July 2012
What turns a trusting medical consumer into a Vaccine Safety Advocate?
Post-Gardasil Syndrome: Raquel from Spain three years later
By Norma Erickson, President
The traditional media seems to overlook the fact that all of the victims of severe adverse reactions after HPV vaccines were originally trusting medical consumers who were simply following their doctor’s advice. They listened to the professionals when told that Gardsil or Cervarix vaccines could save their daughters from being a victim of cervical cancer. They were certainly not anti-vaccine, or they would not be in the position they are in now. This is the story of one of those families.
February 2009, at 14 years of age, Raquel received her second injection of Gardasil. A few hours later she was in a coma battling for her life. See her original story here.
It’s been over three years since Raquel suffered severe adverse effects after the second dose of Gardasil. She and her family suffered for two years wondering if they would ever see an end to her illness.
Now, they would like to let everyone who has been battling similar events that
Raquel is recovered! All of her neurological exams are now normal. She has not yet been discharged from hospital visits, but she leads a normal life.
With great effort she has completed her studies. Much to her credit, she has decided to continue school next year to become a nurse. Raquel wants to dedicate her life to healing others who have suffered like her.
Raquel’s parents have been beside her every step of the way during her long and arduous recovery. They believe all experiences in life, even very harmful, help us to find our way. They believe Raquel’s illness helped her find her vocation.
Raquel realizes that she is a lucky young woman. She could have been confined to a wheelchair indefinitely, but is not. With the assistance of doctors who attended her and the unconditional support of her family, she has overcome her illness.
Perhaps the most difficult thing for her parents to overcome was the helplessness of seeing how Health Authorities and some doctors wanted to dismiss her side effects to the vaccine as psychological, incidental, or coincidence.
Raquel and her family relied on Health Authorities when they decided to take the vaccine. To them, it is incredible and incomprehensible that the Health Authorities did not care about Raquel´s health after she suffered what was obviously an adverse reaction to the vaccine.
They now know their daughter will have a bright and happy future. They also know it could have very easily not turned out so well. They count themselves among the lucky ones.
Are Raquel’s parents vaccine safety advocates? You bet they are! They now dedicate a substantial amount of time and effort in an attempt to make sure what happened to their daughter never happens to another child. They encourage parents to do their research before they decide whether or not a vaccine is right for their children. They do not want anyone else to have to go through the horrors their family did for the last three years.
Raquel’s mother has a personal message to other vaccine-injury victims:
“I would like to tell all young people concerned to be patient. As long as there is life, never give up. If a treatment is not working, try something else. There are medical professionals out there who care about your health. I wish you strength and hope.”
||Posted - 06/06/2012 : 17:17:55
Viet Nam News
Early diagnosis vital to curing cervical cancer
Vaccines and pap smears can protect women against the disease
by Thien Ly
HCM CITY — Senior Vietnamese physicians say a combination of vaccines and Pap smears is the most effective way to protect women against cervical cancer.
In Viet Nam, nearly six out of every 100,000 women are diagnosed with cervical cancer.
Each year, more than 5,000 women are found with the disease, of whom nearly 2,500 die.
The human papilloma virus (HPV) can lead to serious infections and is the leading cause of cervical cancer in women.
Most HPV infections go away by themselves. However, some high-risk types of HPV, if not recognised and treated in a timely fashion, can lead to cervical cancer.
The high-risk types of HPV are also believed to cause several other serious diseases in women and men, including cancers of the penis, anus, mouth and throat as well as less severe problems, such as peri-anal and genital warts.
Dr Cao Huu Nghia from the HCM City Pasteur Institute said there were more than 100 types of HPV virus, of which between 15 and 18 types could be malignant.
Dr Le Quang Thanh from Tu Du Obstetrics Hospital said many Vietnamese did not know that HPV-related diseases, including cervical cancer, could be prevented with vaccinations, or treated completely if discovered early.
"Many people think HPV vaccinations will help protect them from all kinds of cervical cancers, so they do not participate in periodic exams to discover pre-cancerous lesions and cervical cancer. Some believe that people who have cervical cancer were destined to have it, so they must accept it," Thanh said.
"Because of this, our task is to warn that cervical cancer and some kinds of HPV-associated diseases can be effectively prevented by vaccinations."
Another doctor advised the use of vaccines and infection control measures together with periodic examinations and the Pap test.
Two vaccines (Cervarix and Gardasil) have been shown to protect against most cervical cancers in women, but only Gardasil can protect against genital warts. It has also been shown to protect against cancers of the anus, vagina and vulva, according to Nghia.
The vaccine has been given to girls and young women between nine and 26 years old. Injections are given three times over a six-month period.
Dr Tran Dang Ngoc Linh of the HCM City Tumour Hospital said Australia carried out a free HPV-vaccination programme for three years that lowered the number of women infected with genital warts by 73 per cent. The number of infected men also fell by 44 per cent.
The Pap test, commonly known as a Pap smear, checks for changes in the cells of the cervix. Significant changes can be treated in a timely manner.
However, many women in the country, especially those in rural and remote areas, are unable to schedule regular Pap smears.
Dr Thanh said that although the prices of HPV vaccines in Viet Nam were now lower than those in many countries, they were still beyond most people's financial capacity.
The doctor called on social organisations and schools to participate in educating girls and women about the importance of the use of HPV vaccines as well as periodic cervical exams and a Pap test. — VNS
||Posted - 10/21/2011 : 14:40:21
14 Year old California Girl Dies 14 Days Post-Gardasil Vaccination Family Finds Adolescent Dead in Bed
October 20, 2011 By Norma
Governor Brown Signs Parent’s Worst Nightmare into Law Gives Custody of 12 Year Olds to the State
By Leslie Carol Botha, Vice President Public Relations
The fatality of a 14 year old California girl was entered into the VAERS database on August 23, 2011 – 134 days after her death in April. The latest Gardasil victim died of cardiac arrest 14 days after vaccination. According to VAERS report # 430780 , the adolescent was vaccinated on March 28, had no other life-threatening illnesses, and received no other vaccinations.
The VAERS write up includes this statement: “Found dead in bed in a.m. by family. Pathologist stated cause of death as consistent with cardiac insufficiency, due to cardiac arrhythmia, due to probable early cardiomyopathy. Child Death Review Team felt this death was consistent with a diagnosis of sudden cardiac death.”
The untimely and sad passing of this innocent previously healthy young girl now marks the 4th death post-HPV vaccination in the state of California. Janny Stokvis, VAERS Analyst for SANE Vax Inc. who found the latest VAERS fatality also reports that there have been 1548 adverse injuries* from Gardasil and Cervarix reported in the state..........................
||Posted - 07/15/2011 : 12:43:47
I AM 23 AND NEW TO THIS AND NEED THE SUPPORT TO GET THREW ALL OF THIS. I JUST HAD A PAP SMEAR IN MAY AND EVERYTHING WAS FINE I STARTED THE GARDASIL SHOT AND IT MADE ME REALLY SICK BUT I WAS LIKE ITS WORTH IT IN THE END I WENT AND GOT MY SECOND SHOT LIKE A MONTH A GO AND DIDNT GET TO SICK THIS TIME BUT ANYWAYS I JUST FOUND GENTIAL WARTS THEY ARE VERY SMALL AND JUST A FEW I HAVE ONLY HAD ONE SEX PARTNER MY ENTIRE LIFE AS SO FOR HIM TOO. MY FIANCE THINKS I HAVE CHEATED ON HIM AND I HAVENT I ASKED HIM IF HE HAD AND HE SWEARS HE DIDNT HE LIKE ILL PROVE IT TO YOU SO HE WENT TO THE DOCTOR IM AM SO UP SET I HAVE READ ONLINE A LOTA PEOPLE HAVE GOTTEN GENTIAL WARTS FROM THIS SHOT I AM SO UP SET OVER THIS NOW IM SCARED ILL GIVE IT TO HIM HE HAS NO WARTS OR ANYTHING HE WENT TO THE DOCTOR AND THEY SAID HE WAS CLEAN SO THAT LEAD HIM TO THINK IM CHEATING WHICH I WOULD NEVER DO IM SO UPSET I KNOW I KEEP SAYING THAT BUT I AM IM ABOUT TO LOSE A 7 YR RELATIONSHIP OVER A SHOT I DONT KNOW WHAT TO DO I GO TO THE DOCTOR TUESDAY FINALLY THEY MADE ME WAIT LIKE A WEEK TO GET SEEN. HAS ANYONE HAD THIS HAPPEN ? WHAT TREATMENT IS OUT THERE? HOW LONG AND HOW STRESSFUL IS IT ? HOW LONG BEFORE SEX IS SAFE?
||Posted - 07/15/2011 : 09:52:29
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||Posted - 07/14/2011 : 22:59:33
I'd stick with the wartscide if i were you Nikki. There's no knowing what you could end up with if you get the vaccine.
||Posted - 07/12/2011 : 00:34:58
hi! what if you already have genital warts? can you still avail of the vaccine and would it make your warts go away? i'm on wartscide now and i'm wondering if i can still have the vaccine. but wartscide is a great treatment.
||Posted - 12/08/2010 : 07:51:01
Yeah The human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine may prevent infection with certain species of human papillomavirus associated with the development of cervical cancer, genital warts, and some less common cancers.Two HPV vaccines are currently on the market: Gardasil and Cervarix.Both vaccines protect against the two HPV types (HPV-16 and HPV-18) that cause 70% of cervical cancers, and cause some other genital cancers; Gardasil also protects against the two HPV types (HPV-6 and HPV-11) that cause 90% of genital warts. In addition, Gardasil has been shown to prevent potential precursors to anal, vulvar, vaginal, and penile cancers. HPV vaccines are expected to protect against HPV induced cancers of these areas as well as HPV induced oral cancers.