Cervix vaccine issues trigger health notice


The health ministry has issued a nationwide notice that cervical cancer vaccinations should no longer be recommended for girls aged 12 to 16 because several adverse reactions to the medicines have been reported.

“It is necessary to gather information immediately to accurately grasp how often (the side effects) are occurring,” said Mariko Momoi, who chairs the panel at the Health, Labor and Welfare Ministry that decided to suspend the recommendation. Momoi is vice president of the International University of Health and Welfare.

Cervical cancer vaccines are a recent addition to the regular vaccination list and were added after a revision to the Preventive Vaccination Law took effect in April. In Japan, cervical cancer is second only to breast cancer among those aged 20 to 39 and is estimated to strike nearly 9,000 women each year.

Despite the notice, issued Friday, most local governments will likely keep the vaccinations in question on their lists of free vaccines. But a ministry official said the vaccination rate is certain to drop sharply.

The two vaccines sold in Japan are Cervarix, made by GlaxoSmithKlein PLC of Britain, and Gardasil, made by Merck Sharp & Dohme, known as Merck & Co. in the United States.

Mika Matsufuji, 46, who represents an association of cervical cancer vaccination victims’ parents, said the health panel’s decision was a “big step forward.” Her daughter, who was vaccinated with Cervarix in 2011, lost the ability to walk and is now in a wheelchair, she said.

The group is calling for the vaccinations to be halted.

The panel said there was a strong possibility that severe prolonged pain was caused by some of the vaccinations. It concluded that active recommendation of cervical cancer vaccinations should thus be halted until a more complete picture of their side effects can be attained.

The ministry said this is the second time it has suspended a recommendation related to the regular vaccine program since problems cropped up with the Japanese encephalitis vaccine in 2005.

In 2011, however, Pfizer Inc.’s Prevnar and Sanofi SA’s ActHIB vaccines were suspended for about a month following the deaths of four children.

The panel focused on 38 cervical vaccine recipients who reported widespread pain. Given the timing of their symptoms, the panel concluded that a causal link to the vaccines could not be ruled out in many of the cases.

There were 245.1 reports of side effects per million vaccinations for Cervarix, and 155.7 reports per million for Gardasil — more than two other, separate vaccines that affect both sexes and were added to the regular list at around the same time.

Reports of side effects from the other two medicines came to 89.1 per million for a set of pneumococcus vaccines and 67.4 per million for Japanese encephalitis vaccines.

  • Christine Heeren

    Praise for these parents. This vaccine is dangerous & many have died from it around the world.

  • silvermaran

    The treatment is the same for all the syndromes. Kill the multiple gene sharing stealth infections and then your own stem cells raised up like soldiers to cure the immune suppression using junk DNA in vaccines have destroyed.

  • http://www.whale.to/ John Wantling

    When we put poisons into our bodies, then it is hardly any wonder when we cause serious damage to brain and nervous system and also polio paralysis type symptoms. This is what vaccines do, they poison the body. No vaccine can immunize us from any disease. Vaccines merely play around or suppress or interfere with disease symptoms, and this is not healthy, and so when we take a vaccine, we are making ourselves sick. This is what Mika Matsufuji has discovered to her horror. Her daughter has lost the ability to walk. This is the grave risks of vaccines. You go to the doctor and he/she makes you sick. When will these Japanese people ever learn to say no to all vaccines. Your country will be much healthier if you banned all vaccines.

  • Angus Files

    To late for some now ..but no doubt these parents will now be cast as ANTI-VACCINATION…by the informed Goverments and Pharma snakes..

  • Starviking

    With the amount of people vaccinated, serious effects are expected to appear after vaccination, just by chance. I think it says a lot about the weakness of the Japanese regulators that they give in to a case that seems to revolve around one mother and her daughter, than to stand up for scientific standards of evidence in making their decisions.

    In the UK, the regulators found 1906 serious reports, out of 6 million vaccinations BUT, the vast majority of these were due to the injection procedure, not the vaccine.

    I guess, thanks to the inability of the regulating panel in Japan, a lot more women will be dying from preventable cancer over the years.

  • Seebra

    Have not heard mention that NO vaccine is 100% effective. In fact, several doctors have told us that at most, the round of baby and toddler vaccines, especially whooping cough, are at most 55% effective. It is the poison that is placed into the vaccine that causes many of the adverse reactions – chicken embryos, formaldehyde, aborted fetus cells, phenoxyethanol, aluminum phosphate, aluminum hydroxide, bovine cow serum, sorbitol, gelatin, msg and mercury. I don’t advocate against or for vaccines, but I do highly suggest that people do their OWN research instead of just sheeping to their doctor’s will. Remember – doctors get BIG BONUSES if their practice conforms to a certain vaccination rate.

  • Muyngim Eng

    Deeply sorry for the victims. Hopefully things will improve in the future. We cannot blame anyone in this case since every of us always expects for the best and offends the small stuff which can sweat us later. Anyway, no one is perfect. As long as we try our best to save the world, the world should kindly understands and gives the value to what we have done. Being a researcher is not that easy as thought, but the thing is he or she is conscientious and always positive for the better world. You have to be aware that there are certain inevitable and invisible things we can not avoid. It is the same with the pharmaceutical products including vaccines whose unpredictable side effects could happen in some individuals due to the variety complicated functions in their body. As the study is limited, we try to minimize the problems as much as we can. So far the pharmacovigilant, clinical pharmacy … were created. WE ALONE can not create or solve the problems. Finally, I DO HOPE we stop insulting one another when we face with the problems, but take this time to think how we can improve the situation and solve the problem. COME ON, guys! Let’s work out together. We are all the offspring of the beautiful world. WE DREAM TO LIVE IN THE PEACEFUL WORLD. Have we ever made ourselves the one we dream to be? Have we ever made the world the place we dream to live?

  • vasu

    so this so called life saving medicine for women turning out detrimental to their health as its side affect causing .But is there any other alternative to this questionable medicine or some pharmaceuticals’ rivalry creating panic.A thorough and impartial ferreting out its causes and affects would be highly and timely relief to the confused women.